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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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Diagnostic Images

Adult in flight
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Australia: Victoria, Melbourne
Source
Otto Rooge Museums Victoria
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Diagnostic Notes

Adult workers 12-17mm long (queen wasp up to 20mm); social insect; body colour black and yellow banding.

There are a number of characters to separate Vespula germanica and V. vulgaris, probably the easiest is to look at the shape of the yellow bar:

Vespula germanica - outer margin angulate

Vespula vulgaris - outer margin straight

 

More Information
Specimen Contact
Museum Victoria
Author
Walker, K.
Created
22/02/2007 12:52 AEST
Last Updated
22/02/2007 15:53 AEST
Citation
Walker, K. (2007) European wasp (Vespula germanica) Updated on 2/22/2007 3:53:00 PM Available online: PaDIL - http://www.padil.gov.au.
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Free for use under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Australia License

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