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


Photograph by: 
Peter Orchard

Vespula vulgaris: the common wasp

Post date: Monday, 2 January, 2017 - 21:21

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 Distribution Map Some Charts Some Photographs Original Tweets Relatives Guidance Notes
Common Name Common Wasp
Scientific Name Vespula vulgaris
Interest Level
Species Family Social wasps
Preferred Environment
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Additional Identification Notes