Culture Art & Media Photo: Gaze Into the Eyes of a Digger Wasp By Melissa Breyer Editorial Director Hunter College F.I.T., State University of New York Cornell University Melissa Breyer is Treehugger’s editorial director. She is a sustainability expert and author whose work has been published by the New York Times and National Geographic, among others. our editorial process Melissa Breyer Updated August 13, 2020 carmen chase / Flickr Share Twitter Pinterest Email Culture History Travel Sustainable Fashion Art & Media Holidays Community Our photo of the day comes from La Lucila, Buenos Aires Province, Argentina. Many people just think of wasps as a nuisance, but the world without them would be a disaster – a planet "pest-ridden to biblical proportions, with much reduced biodiversity." But aside from their being on the top of the pest food chain, they are also just fascinating little creatures. Check out the eyes of this digger wasp, for instance, photographed by carmen chase. As the New World Encyclopedia explains, "in addition to their compound eyes, wasps also have several simple eyes known as ocelli. These are typically arranged in a triangular formation just forward of an area of the head known as the vertex." All those eyes, no wonder they are such skilled hunters! Would you like to see your nature photo featured as the TreeHugger photo of the day? Join TreeHugger’s Reader Photo Pool on Flickr and add your pictures to the group. Alternatively, send it to firstname.lastname@example.org with "photo of the day" in the subject line.