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Wasp

Observed: 30th March 2012 By: gramandy
Kent Wildlife TrustThanet Coast ProjectWildwood Trust
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Wasp
Description:

Used to think a wasp was a wasp - but I'm finding out from this site that isn't necessarily the case.

Identifications
Species interactions

No interactions present.

Comments

chrisbrooks's picture

Facial markings

The Common Wasp has an anchor mark on the face while the German Wasp has 3 dots. It's always worth trying to get a shot of the face, just don't get stung.

gramandy's picture

this was...

... the only shot I could get. German did come into my mind but I'm not great on wasps except beware of the tail. Chris - do you know the vespula - paravespula bit?

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Genus / subgenus

Hi Graham, Vespula is the genus and Paravespula is the sub genus. As I understand it iSpot has a liking for inserting the bracketed sub genus, which some people manually remove but either is correct. Regards Chris.

BDeed's picture

oops

Sorry Chris, it took me so long to type and tag you replied before i got there! Sorry for duplicating.

chrisbrooks's picture

No problem

No problem, you explained it better than I did anyway.

BDeed's picture

subgenus

Hi Graham, in answer to your question to Chris (me nosing in) the Vespula bit is the genus for the binomial taxonomic name while the Paravespula is the subgenus and so where included in the name goes in between brackets.

So instead of Vespula vulgaris you get Vespula (Paravespula) vulgaris.

The second part indicates the species ("vulgaris") and together they make the 'bionomial' name.

gramandy's picture

thanks guys :)

thanks guys :) Think I've got a bit harder one for you just posted