Common Wasp Vespula vulgaris (Linnaeus, 1758)
Wasps are social insects and well known to everyone. Colonies build up during the Summer and can eventually total several thousand by the time the colony dies at the onset of cold weather. Only the young queens survive the Winter, hibernating in sheds and hollow trees etc, to start new colonies in the Spring. The Common Wasp is likely to be the most regularly encountered species of wasp, usually nesting below ground in old rodent holes, but nests are frequently found in roofspaces and lofts etc. The two photographs show the queen.
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Nottinghamshire (VC56) distribution of Vespula vulgaris
 
 
 
 
The records for the Nottinghamshire distribution map are currently provided by the following contributors - Trevor and Dilys Pendleton. Richard Rogers. Sherwood Forest Trust (2008 Oak Tree Heath invertebrate survey). Netherfield Wildlife Group. Wil Heeney. Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust. Tim Sexton. Andy Godfrey (2006 Sherwood Heath SSSI invertebrate survey). Darren Matthews. Nottingham City Council. Sean Tobin. Allan and Annette Binding (Clumber Park invertebrate records). Trevor and Dilys Pendleton (Sherwood Forest Invertebrate Directory 2014). Stuart Warrington. The National Trust (Clumber Park invertebrate records). Paul and Helen Brock. John and Denise Bingham.

You can contribute your own records to help us gain an accurate status of this species in Nottinghamshire. Send an Excel spreadsheet of your records via the 'contact us' link at the top of the homepage.

Updated April 2019

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