Rather drowsy wasp, stumbling around in the grass.
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Thanks, Chris, for the suggestion. That's my colourblindness again...I just do not see red at all when it is in small amounts! You are probably right, then, but I shall see what others think before agreeing.
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Hi Ian, I have looked at this long and hard and thought twice or three times before adding an alternative ID. I have researched this for the last 30 minutes and that rufous colouring is haunting me. I have looked on the web and it is common in the UK and the rufous colouring is evident on your images (which are excellent by the way). Regards Chris.
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The second (L side) pic shows black hairs on T1, excluding vulgaris and making it rufa or austriaca. The face pattern and other details confirm rufa.
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Thanks to you both for sorting this one out. I was naively looking at the face pattern and imagining that that made it vulgaris...I had not noticed any red tones at all (can just about see it, now).
Murdo, is there a readily available key for these anywhere? [Probably a link to one on HBRG...I'll have a look!!]
There are two rather good resources at http://bio.kuleuven.be/ento/courses/waspsp1600dpi.pdf and http://bio.kuleuven.be/ento/courses/waspsp2600dpi.pdf. George Else did a neat key for British Wildlife some years ago Else, G.R. 1994. Social Wasps. British Wildlife 5: 304-311. And another at http://www.eakringbirds.com/eakringbirds2/insectswaspsidentification.htm, though it does not have D. norwegicus. Have fun!
Thanks very much for that. Now you mention it, I remember the BW key...I must dig it out.
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