Wasp of the Day: The German Wasp!

Slightly belated (I have been on a training course on solitary wasps today!) but here is your penultimate Wasp of the Day… the German Wasp (Vespula germanica).

The above photo (Courtesy of wikimedia commons!) is of the German wasp.  It shows the main identifying feature – see that shoulder stripe?  Its wavy on the distal edge – this is what separates our continental friend from our common wasp.  From the front, his face has three dots on it.

With the exception of the common wasp (Vespula vulgaris) and the Hornet (Vespa crabro), this is the species that you are most likely to have heard of.  They make their nest from chewed plant fibres, close to or in the ground.  Like the similar common wasp, the German Wasp has a long flight season – from March to November!!  You can look for them on Ivy, Cotoneaster and on Umbellifers.

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