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Common Wasp, Vespula vulgaris. Male, or possibly Queen?

Observed: 1st November 2012 By: rod williamsrod williams’s reputation in Invertebratesrod williams’s reputation in Invertebratesrod williams’s reputation in Invertebratesrod williams’s reputation in Invertebrates
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Queen wasp

Many thanks. The latter suggestion was certainly the impression I had at the time

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It is a male with antennae

It is a male with antennae that long.

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Male wasp

Once you get your eye in it is easy to spot the males of all wasps and hornets by their long antennae, slightly out-curved at the tip. Great fun catching them and holding them in bare fingers, to the amazement of children. You must choose whether you then let on that males can't sting. You have to be fairly confident in your sex determination for this to work well. Even stingless, the males still prod at you with their tail-tip. Can be disconcerting.

Richard Jones

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Identifying males

Many thanks, Richard - and particularly for your Ispot reccomendation!

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