European Paper Wasp Polistes dominula (Christ, 1791) 
Widely distributed across southern and central parts of Europe, Polistes dominula occurs largely as an accidental import, or rare vagrant to the UK. It is known to have bred in the Thames Corridor area of south-east England and is an occasional breeder here. There seem to be no previous Nottinghamhire records and so the one found and photographed by Darren Matthews at Colwick in July 2019, represents not only a county first, but possibly the most northerly UK record. Our grateful thanks go to Darren, for providing us with his photographs illustrating the species.
Nottinghamshire (VC56) distribution of Polistes dominula 
The records for the Nottinghamshire distribution map are currently provided by the following contributors -  Darren Matthews.

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Updated July 2019

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