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Common wasp

Vespula vulgaris

Common wasp, European wasp, Common yellow-jacket

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These wasps build grey paper nests in or on any structure they can. They can live in a vary of habitats from very humid to artificial environments.
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A beneficial predatory insect that controls pest populations.
These wasps are also pollinators.
Can sting when threatened.


The Vespula vulgaris can be told apart from other wasps as they have a black mark on the side of their head, behind their eyes. The black markings on their face is usually and anchored shaped as well as having their black and yellow stripes down the length of their backs.


These wasps love to chew into fruit trees and will cause damage, leaving them with holes and rot. Possess preference for nesting in trees so be mindful when tending to trees.











Widespread across Europe.

Biological treatment

You can destroy or remove wasps nest from the area. This will stop any wasps coming back, as their queen will have been moved. It is best to get someone professional to do this as it can be dangerous and wasp stings can be fatal.

Chemical treatment

You can buy insecticides that you can make into poison bait traps, this means that you do not have to locate the wasps nests as wasps will find these traps and carry some back to the nest.


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