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Common Wasp

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Well known by everyone and a particular 'pest' in the autumn.


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If the rain doesn't spoil your late summer picnic or barbecue then there is a pretty good chance that everyone's pet hate, the common wasp (Vespula vulgaris),  probably will! Sadly, although extremely 'intelligent' insects they can be a bit dumb when it comes to picking up signals that a human being means them harm. As a result, the wasp is quite prepared to fight back with that painful sting it has. I describe it as 'intelligent' as it is one of those remarkable insects that work selflessly together for the good of its colony. Tireless workers, each with a job to do and they know what to do and how to do it!

This is a photo taken early in the year of one collecting wood to help build the wonderful 'paper mache' nest. It is chewing up a wooden bench seat! I like wasps; I admire wasps; but I hate wasps hanging around me when I am trying to enjoy a nice cream cake outside my favourite tea rooms!


The records for this species have been organised into reports, charts, maps and photos. Click a pic below to see the detail:

Sites List Distribution Map Some Charts Some Photographs Original Tweets Relatives Guidance Notes
Common Name Common Wasp
Scientific Name Vespula vulgaris
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