hbantock's picture

Dead Wasp

Observed: 24th May 2013 By: hbantock
          Dead wasp found on the beach on 22.5.13
      Dead Wasp found on the beach 22.5.13
Description:

Dead wasp found on the beach

Identifications
Species interactions

No interactions present.

Comments

Mydaea's picture

Dolichovespula media.

Dolichovespula media.

chrisbrooks's picture

Dolichovespula saxonica ?

I was thinking Dolichovespula saxonica as there is no large yellow area on the ocular sinus and there are just 2 small spots on the metatonum.

Mydaea's picture

I don't know either well, but

I don't know either well, but they are variable in colour and I think the yellow 'tick' on the side of the thorax is diagnostic. See http://www.bwars.com/index.php?q=wasp/vespidae/vespinae/dolichovespula-m... and http://www.bwars.com/index.php?q=wasp/vespidae/vespinae/dolichovespula-s.... Though looking again, what I thought was the 'tick' may actually be composed of the yellow on the back of the head plus the thorax side-stripe, so maybe it is saxonica.

hbantock's picture

Wasp

Thanks very much for your help

HBantock

eucera's picture

Wasp

I think this is probably a very dark D. saxonica. D. media has an entirely yellow ocular sinus

Stuart
Chairman BWARS
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