shadowkikito said: I think that that rumor about figs needing a wasp to lay her eggs in it in order for it to ripen is just fear-mongering. I have a fig tree and have never seen any wasps in my tree or in its fruit.
Just because you don’t see them doesn’t mean that they don’t exist. If you have figs then you have fig wasps.
A very simple, quick, google search using ‘how figs are pollinated’ comes up with the following wealth of information about the fig wasp and what she does so we can continue to enjoy figs…
Fig wasps are why you even have figs to begin with. Wasps, bees and butterflies pollinate just about every single flower and fruit on this planet. And many of our pollinators are in very, VERY, serious trouble. We are losing countless species of plants due to the decimation of the pollinating insect population. When we lose a species then we lose every fruit, flower, plant and tree that they had anything to do with pollinating. Gone. Forever.
Please, read up on the fig wasp and try to do everything you can to make sure that you have a healthy fig wasp, and other bee, wasp and butterfly, population as you can.