This book came as a lovely surprise from a friend I have the privilege of knowing as a fellow inhabitant of Blogland. Thank you!
The magazine "New Scientist" is one I've never read myself, but some of my friends are
regular readers, and occasionally, one of them sends me the link to an article they deem particularly interesting for me (they are always right).
A column in the magazine is called "The Last Word" and it is apparently immensely popular, featuring readers' answers to readers' questions about puzzling everyday questions such as "What affects the different shadings of earwax?" or "Why should one never eat the green areas on a potato?", or even "Does being beheaded hurt?".
This book is a fascinating collection of over 100 such questions - and their answers. I enjoyed it a lot, and am sure that some of what I have learned from it will come in helpful... at the next pub quiz or, indeed, in everyday life.
It comes with a useful index, and the blurb on the back is right when it reads "sparkling with intelligence, knowledge and scientific curiosity".
So, if anyone ever wants to know why and how fabric conditioners reduce static electricity in clothes, why bruises go through a range of colours before the fade, or how the bubbles in aero chocolate are made to stay there, simply ask me!
PS. The answer to the title question is: Yes, of course - quite a few animals, mainly birds (but also a number of other wasps) eat wasps (something I actually knew before having read it in this book).