Tree Wasp Dolichovespula sylvestris (Scopoli, 1763)
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 key is the elongated face, which in Common Wasp is more rounded. This is a fairly common wasp in the southern counties of the UK and in Scotland. There are fewer records across the rest of the UK.
Nottinghamshire (VC56) distribution of Dolichovespula sylvestris
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). Darren Matthews. Nottingham City Council. Trevor and Dilys Pendleton (Sherwood Forest Invertebrate Directory 2014). 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 2022

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