26 Oct 2018

Critter of the Week Bake-off winners – and this week's Critter, a native wasp

From Afternoons with Jesse Mulligan, 3:27 pm on 26 October 2018
The winning Critter of the Week bake off cake

The winning Critter of the Week bake off cake Photo: supplied

We were incredibly impressed by all of the entries in the inaugural Critter of the Week Bake-off and judging was very difficult.

However there can only be one winner, and it is... Jasmin Hollister and her friend Alex Nicholl from Lyttleton for their Powelliphanta cake.

The cake impressed us with its detail and looks very like the actual snail as you can see from the gallery below.

Jasmin and Alex win a trip for two to Wellington and a guided tour of Zealandia!

Here they are working on their winning entry:

We also awarded Critter of the Week t-shirts to these five highly commended entries:

And the Critter of the Week:

Think ‘wasp’, think ‘yellow and black’ and ‘sting!’ 

But in Aotearoa, far outnumbering those few easily recognised introduced ‘social’ wasps, are our native parasitoid wasps. 

Skinny, solitary and often all black, these wasps are full of purpose – find a host to lay their eggs in.

Nicola Toki, DOC’s Threatened Species Ambassador, tells us who they choose as hosts and answers the important question – “if I find one, will it sting me?”

Get the RNZ app

for easy access to all your favourite programmes

Subscribe to Afternoons with Jesse Mulligan

Podcast (MP3) Oggcast (Vorbis)