wasp noun See also jasper.
A variant singular forms wasper, wasp.
1942 Hall Phonetics 27 wasp, 79 wasper.
B variant plural forms was, wasper, waspers, was-pes.
1936 LAMSAS waspers (Madison Co NC). c1940 Simms Coll. waspes [i.e., wasps’] nestes. 1942 Hall Phonetics 82 waspers, waspes, was. 1974 Fink Bits Mt Speech 29 waspers. 1983 Pederson East Tn Folk Speech 95 wasper (Cocke Co TN, Jefferson Co TN). 1986 Pederson et al. LAGS 6 of 13 (46%) of LAGS speakers using wasper were from E. Tenn. 1996 Montgomery Coll. wasper (Cardwell, Oliver).
2015 wasper, waspers (Cherokee Co NC). The usage is still alive and well here in my neck of the woods.
The waspers are flying like crazy since warm weather has come on.