Saxon Wasp Dolichovespula saxonica (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 Saxon Wasp is a large wasp, but not commonly recorded. This was our first record, when this worker landed on our car parked at woodland near Worksop. This is a scarce wasp in the UK, with most records coming from south-eastern areas.
Nottinghamshire (VC56) distribution of Dolichovespula saxonica
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. Dave McGeever. David Shaw.

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 January 2024

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