The term "European Wasps" is used to describe two types of wasps also found in the UK, the German wasp vespula germanica and the Norwegian wasp dolichovespula norvegica. Both of these species along with the UK type can be found mainly outside in shrubbery such as hedges, bushes and in tree's. European wasps can give many more stings than just the one making them very dangerous to people, especially those who are allergic to them. European wasps can be identified by a strong "V" pattern on its abdomen along with its yellow and black markings. European wasps can also be identified by its antennae, the antennae are black and make up half of the wasps body. The legs of an European wasp are yellow with its wings being clear and when stationary, fold along the length of its body. European wasps may travel as far as 1 kilometre searching for food.
European wasps prefer to nest near people as they like to scavenge for food. This may lead them to nest near a home, school, picnic area or even a food factory of some kind.