Landcare Research - Manaaki Whenua

Landcare-Research -Manaaki Whenua

German wasps' nest

Photo from Tui McMillan

Photo from Tui McMillan

Vespula germanica (Fabricius)

Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Vespidae

Size range

  • This nest was about 50 cm across, but big nests can be several metres across


  • Wasps were accidentally introduced to New Zealand

Life History

  • Nest underground or in crevices in buildings and tree trunks.
  • Rasp wood fibres from timber to use in nest formation
  • Medium sized insects, large queens up to 20mm in length
  • Sting. Some people may be allergic
  • Feeds on small insects, fruit, nectar and honeydew. Scavenge on dead fish

Further information

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