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Median Wasp

Median wasp (Dolichovespula media) photographed 04 August 2008 by S Calvert-Fisher. ID confirmed 95% by Ivan Wright.

Median wasp (Dolichovespula media) photographed 04 August 2008 by S Calvert-Fisher. ID confirmed 95% by Ivan Wright.

Median wasp (Dolichovespula media)
on thistle flower, 04 August 2008)

Larger, but less agressive than the familiar Common Wasp (below) this wasp is a relatively recent immigrant species from Europe having been first seen in Britain in the 1980s. Other characteristics are greater amounts of black in the abdominal markings and distinctive features on the thorax and face (the yellow ocular sinus and large malar space – the distance between the bottom of the eye and the mandible). Although now quite common, this wasp has Notable A status.


Group: Insects
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Vespidae
Species: Dolichovespula media
Common Name: Median Wasp
Author: S Calvert-Fisher
Location: Thrupp Lake

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