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German Wasp
German Wasp

German wasp
The German wasp (Vespula germanica) is of the family Vespidae and of the subfamily Vespinae. They are found in Europe, large parts of Asia and some areas in Africa. The German wasp is a colony building insect.
German Wasp - Vespula germanica
German Wasp - Vespula germanica
While queens reach a length of up to 20 mm, drones reach 13 to 17 mm, and the workers, 12 to 16 mm. The wasps are black and yellow in colour. The wasp has either a small straight line on itís head which is sometimes discontinuous or 1 to 3 black spots.
German Wasps - Vespula germanica
German Wasps - Vespula germanica
The German wasp nests underground. Construction begins in spring. The wasps often nest in spaces previously used by other animals which are then expanded. The colony usually comprises 3000 to 4000 animals. Even nests of 7000 wasps are not uncommon. The nests can have a circumference of 2 meters. The division of labour is organised in the colony. The intensity of the brood care is like that of the bees. The larvae of Vespidae are fed on the meat of insects.
German Wasps on a compost pile
German Wasps on a compost pile
The German wasp is found in almost every kind of landscape and can be an annoyance to humans at autumn time. Its favorite environments are forest edges with high bushes and perennials.
German wasp is eating meat
German wasp is eating meat

Vespula (Paravespula) germanica
Common namesEuropean wasp, German Wasp, German Yellowjacket, European yellow jacket
German namesDeutsche Wespe
Dutch namesDuitse wesp
Danish namesTysk Gedehams
Finnish namesSaksanampiainen
Swedish namesTyskgeting
French namesGuêpe germanique
AuthorJohann Christian Fabricius, 1793

North Europe (British Isles (United Kingdom (Great Britain (England (English Midlands (East Midlands (Leicestershire, Nottinghamshire))))), Ireland), Germany (West Germany (North Rhine-Westphalia)), Scandinavia (Norway, Sweden, Denmark), Fennoscandia (Finland), Baltic region (Baltic States (Estonia))), West Europe (Austria, France (South France (Corsica)), Switzerland, Benelux (Belgium, Netherlands, Luxembourg), Liechtenstein), South Europe (Italy (Italy Islands (Sicily, Sardinia), North Italy, South Italy), Iberian Peninsula (Spain, Portugal)), Central Europe (Hungary, Czech Republic (Moravia, Bohemia), Slovakia), Southeast Europe (Greece, Yugoslavia (Croatia)), East Europe (Ukraine)
Far East (East Asia (Taiwan)), South Asia (Afghanistan, Pakistan), West Asia (Near East (Jordan, Syria, Iran)), Central Asia (Turkestan (Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan))
Australia (Tasmania (Northeast Tasmania (Flinders Island), South Tasmania), East Australia (New South Wales (Australian Capital Territory), Victoria), Northern Territory, South Australia (Adelaide), West Australia)
New Zealand
North Africa
Algeria, Tunisia, Macaronesia (Canary Islands), Morocco
Southern Africa
Republic South Africa (Cape (Western Cape))
North America
Canada (Ontario), USA (Ohio)
South America
Caribbean islands (Saint Barthélemy)

Ecozones: Nearctic

CountriesAfghanistan, Algeria, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Chile, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iran, Ireland, Italy, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Morocco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Pakistan, Portugal, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Syria, Taiwan, Tunisia, USA, Ukraine, United Kingdom
Links and ReferencesVespula germanica in
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Vespula germanica in Wikipedia (English)

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1. German Wasp
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AuthorFabricius, 1793
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