Median Wasp Dolichovespula media (Retzius, 1783)
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 Median Wasp is a fairly recent UK colonist, first appearing in 1980 and quickly spreading northwards. It is a large species and at first glance distinguishable from most other wasps by the greater amount of black on the abdomen. Nests are typically found in hedgerows. The queen (below left)  looks very much like a worker Hornet. Sometimes known as the French Wasp, Dolichovespula media is widespread and increasing it's range in Nottinghamshire. Certainly the woodlands in the north of the county hold numbers of this wasp.
Nottinghamshire (VC56) distribution of Dolichovespula media
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. Stuart Warrington. The National Trust (Clumber Park invertebrate records). Barry Lygo. Brian Wetton.

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Updated November 2022

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