Tree Wasp

Dolichovespula saxonica

Dolichovespula saxonica

This wasp is very much like the Common Wasp (Vespula vulgaris) and the German Wasp (Vespula germanica), except it has a clear yellow face with usually a single black dot. It only has two yellow spots on the rear of the thorax. It grows up to 18mm long.

Dolichovespula saxonica

Seen May to August in hedgerows and meadows. Locally common but widespread.

Dolichovespula saxonica

Dolichovespula saxonica

Photographs of Tree Wasp (Dolichovespula saxonica), taken October 2016, rear garden, Staffordshire. © Pete Hillman 2016. Camera used Nikon D7200, with Nikon 18-55mm lens.

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6 thoughts on “Tree Wasp

    • Sometimes it depends how you catch them and what time of day it is. There were a few resting in the sun on a shrub at the bottom of my garden, and they seemed quite relaxed, so I took my chances 🙂

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