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European Wasp

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Scientific Name: Vespula germanica

 Size: Total Length 15 mm

What does it look like?

The European Wasp is black with broad yellow bands and almost hairless, elongated abdomen.

Where is it found?

Native to Europe, north Africa and Asia. Introduced into southern Australia, where it is widespread from southern Queensland in the east to Perth, Western Australia, in the west, and in Tasmania.

What are its habitats & habits?

The European Wasp, or Yellowjacket, prefers cooler, moist areas, where it builds a papery nest in a crevice or tree hollow, generally close to the ground, but nests have also been found in the roof space of dwellings. Food consists of insects, carrion and sweet, sugary substances, including fruit and honeydew, as well as manufactured cakes and sugary drinks. 

Interesting facts

Stings cause pain, inflammation and itchiness, and allergic reactions occur in some people.

Australia is a beautiful and rugged country where you may encounter potentially dangerous wildlife, stinging plants, expansive remote areas and temperatures that can create major health issues. There are several ways you can ensure your safety while visiting Australia’s wild places. Find out more how how to stay safe and enjoy your holiday here.

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A Naturalist's Guide to the Dangerous Creatures of Australia front cover

This species features in my book A Naturalist’s Guide to the Dangerous Creatures of Australia

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