The German wasp

Continuing on this week’s theme – here is the German Wasp Vespula germanica. Everybody knows wasps like a cream tea!

German wasp 1German wasp inspecting the jam – note 4 spots on the thorax (the chest) and 8 spots down the abdomen (back).

German wasp 2

This is a very poor photo of the face of a German wasp – note the middle of the picture – a dark elongated blob at 45 degrees with two tiny small dots underneath – the distinguishing features of the face of the German wasp worker.

Vespula germanica

Oddly according to the National Biodiversity Network map the German Wasp isn’t very common at all in Devon.

Next task is to get some much better pictures

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