German Wasp Vespula germanica (Fabricius, 1793)
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 German Wasp can be recognised by the three small black dots just above the mouth and by the black diamond and triangle markings on the abdominal segments. It seems to be a fairly common species at Eakring and throughout Nottinghamshire, with only the Common Wasp V. vulgaris, being more abundant.
Nottinghamshire (VC56) distribution of Vespula germanica
The records for the Nottinghamshire distribution map are currently provided by the following contributors - Trevor and Dilys Pendleton. Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust. Tim Sexton. Richard Rogers. Sherwood Forest Trust (2008 Oak Tree Heath invertebrate survey). Netherfield Wildlife Group. Wil Heeney. Darren Matthews. Sean Tobin. Trevor and Dilys Pendleton (Sherwood Forest Invertebrate Directory 2014). Barry Lygo. David Shaw. Brian Wetton.

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Updated January 2024

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