It is a truth universally acknowledged that people like bees and dislike wasps. This imbalance in emotion does not accurately reflect the importance of both taxa in the environment. We value bees as pollinators and enjoy a long history of co-habitation and domestication with a few bee species. In contrast, wasps are not valued (despite their role as apex predators), and human–wasp interactions are usually not enjoyable. The root of the problem appears to be our longstanding, culturally ingrained lack of appreciation for their role in ecology and economy. We lack quantitative assessment of the extent to which these stereotypes are upheld by the general public, and an evaluation of why wasps are so socially maligned. Perhaps if we valued wasps as we do bees, we would dislike wasps less.
The full report is here and it is a fascinating read.