Landcare Research - Manaaki Whenua

Landcare-Research -Manaaki Whenua

Wasp workings

Vespula germanica (Fabricius)

Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Vespidae

Size range

  • Small patches, each a few square cms on the surface of timber.


  • Accidentally introduced.

Life History

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

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