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Wasps or hornets?

Observed: 20th July 2008 By: jockgee
Species interactions

No interactions present.

Species with which Wasp (Dolichovespula sp.) interacts


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ID pointers

Just to add, the 'malar space' is the distance between the bottom margin of the eye and the top margin of the mandible. This gives wasps in the genus Dolichovespula a 'long-faced' appearance ('dolicho' means long in Greek/Latin). As in almost all wasps and bees, females have 12 antennal segments and males 13; females have 6 abdominal segments and males have 7.

At a guess, the above wasps are probably either Dolichovespula sylvestris or D. saxonica.