Landcare Research - Manaaki Whenua

Landcare-Research -Manaaki Whenua

Workers, queens and drones


Most of the wasps in a nest are infertile female workers.

Head of a Vespula vulgaris queen Sting of a worker wasp t
Short antennae Sting Six segments visible on gaster


Sting of a worker wasp Queens, which are fertile females, look much the same as the workers, except they are about twice their size. They also have a sting.

Drones (male)

Drone The males (called drones) have long antennae which often curve backwards. Their gaster has seven visible segments and is more evenly-shaped and longer than that of the females, and they have no sting.