Order Hymenoptera – Wasps

Wasps appear to be the bane of summer picnics or hot days out in the garden, and yet they are a fascinating and diverse species of insect. Some wasps form complex and highly developed societies, whilst others are purely solitary. The wasp we tend to encounter and swat away is the Common Wasp (Vespula vulgaris), and out of all the species of wasp it is this one that has given wasps in general a bad and fearsome name. Wasps belong to the large insect order Hymenoptera, which also has the bees, ants and sawflies for company. Like bees, wasps are very important pollinators, and they also help to reduce pest species like caterpillars, flies and aphids. There are nearly 8,000 Hymenoptera species in the UK, and despite some of their annoyances to us, they play an important roll in a healthy and balanced ecosystem.

Family Vespidae (Social Wasps)

Common Wasp (Vespula vulgaris)
Common Wasp
Vespula vulgaris
German Wasp Vespula germanica
German Wasp
Vespula germanica
European Hornet Vespa crabro
European Hornet
Vespa crabro

Family Crabronidae (Crabronid Wasps)

Ornate-tailed Digger Wasp Cerceris rybyensis
Ornate-tailed Digger Wasp
Cerceris rybyensis
Gorytes laticinctus male
Broad-banded Digger Wasp
Gorytes laticinctus
Crossocerus annulipes
Ring-legged Crossocerus
Crossocerus annulipes

Family Ichneumonidae (Ichneumon Wasps)

Ichneumon xanthorius male
Yellow-striped Darwin Wasp
Ichneumon xanthorius
Diplazon laetatorius
Diplazon laetatorius
Ichneumon Wasp
Ichneumon stramentor female
Yellow-tipped Darwin Wasp
Ichneumon stramentor
Ephialtini sp. female
Ichneumon Wasp
Yellow Ophion Ophion luteus
Yellow Ophion
Ophion luteus

Family Braconidae (Brachonid Wasps)

Aleiodes praetor
Braconid Wasp
Braconid Wasp

Family Gasteruptiidae (Gasteruptiid Wasps)

Javelin Wasp
Gasteruption jaculator

Family Eulophidae (Eulophid Wasps)

Cirrospilus vittatus

Family Chrysididae (Ruby-tailed Wasps)

Pseudomalus auratus
Golden Cuckoo Wasp
Pseudomalus auratus

Family Cynipidae (Gall Wasps)

Cherry Gall Wasp (Cynips quercusfolii)
Cherry Gall Wasp
Cynips quercusfolii
Silk-Button Spangle Gall Neuroterus numismalis
Silk-Button Spangle Gall
Neuroterus numismalis
Artichoke Gall Andricus foecundatrix
Artichoke Gall Wasp
Andricus foecundatrix
Oak Apple Gall Wasp Biorhiza pallida
Marble Gall Andricus kollari
Oak Marble Gall Wasp
Andricus kollari
Cupped Spangle Gall Neuroterus tricolor
Cupped Spangle Gall
Neuroterus tricolor
Robin's Pincushion (Diplolepis rosae)
Robin’s Pincushion
Diplolepis rosae
Knopper Gall (Andricus quercuscalicis)
Knopper Oak Gall Wasp
Andricus quercuscalicis
Common Spangle Gall Neuroterus quercusbaccarum
Common Spangle Gall
Neuroterus quercusbaccarum
Xestophanes potentillae

For further reference see the links below:

BWARS Bees, Wasps & Ants Recording Society

Facebook UK Bees, Wasps and Ants Group


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