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Common wasp (Vespula vulgaris)

Observed: 20th April 2013 By: ThistleThistle’s reputation in InvertebratesThistle’s reputation in InvertebratesThistle’s reputation in InvertebratesThistle’s reputation in Invertebrates
Common wasp (Vespula vulgaris)
Common wasp (Vespula vulgaris)
IMG_1536 Common wasp (Vespula vulgaris)
Description:

Found traipsing across tools on workbench. I presume that this is a queen just emerging from hibernation.
The markings on the back seem to be distinctive.
The queens seem to be the only ones to over-winter so must have mated last year and now be ready to start a new colony.

Identifications
Species interactions

No interactions present.

Species with which Common Wasp (Vespula (Paravespula) vulgaris) interacts

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queens

exactly right about pre hibernation mating.
Bumble bees do the same.
Last year was an exceptionally quiet year for wasps,least I can recall in many years.
They get caught out by emerging in early mild spells only for winter to return and kill them.

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Thanks.

I was aware of honey bees doing this so not too surprised that other species do it too.

Ian

Thistle's picture

Thanks.

I was aware of honey bees doing this so not too surprised that other species do it too.

Ian