European Wasps

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European Wasps
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.

The nest built by European wasps are normally an oval shape with one entrance visible. They can be made anywhere between 50 millimetres to 1 meter in total length. The nests are created from paper were wasps gather wood fibres, chew the wood and mix it with their saliva crating a paper like substance.
The German wasp grows to a length of about 15 millimetres and features black and yellow stripes with three distinctive black spots on its face.
The Norwegian wasps has black and yellow stripes with a black band across its head rather than spots.

Did You Know?
Did you know the following facts about wasps - hornets?

  • Fact One - Wasps are not bees.
  • Fact Two - Wasps can create a nest out of wood or mud where bees make their nests from honey.
  • Fact Three - Wasps are most aggressive from August to October.
  • Fact Four - They eat insects, food and rubbish.
  • Fact Five - Wasps become inactive at night.
  • Fact Six - They are normally found in their nest.
  • Fact Seven - They are very sensitive to light.
  • Fact Eight - They eat caterpillars.
  • Fact Nine - Male wasps don't have a stinger.
  • Fact Ten - Females have the stinger and it is also their sex organ.
  • Fact Eleven - Females protect the nest.
  • Fact Twelve - Not all female wasps are fertile.

Different Types of Wasps - Hornets
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