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European wasp

Scientific Name
Vespula germanica
Scientific Author
(Fabricius)
Taxonomy
(Hymenoptera: Vespidae: Vespinae)
Status
Exotic Species Occurrence in Australia
Reliability
High
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Description

Impacts from this species are economic, health and environmental. Adult worker are a major social pest to almost outdoors activity in which food or drink is involved. The sting of the wasp is dangerous to human health.

Adult worker wasps obtain carbohydrates from fruit and flowers, by feeding on fermented fruit pulp and by collecting honeydew from insect secretions. Workers will also hunt arthropods, including flies, mosquitoes and caterpillars to feed their wasp larvae which require a protein rich diet.

 


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