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Saxon Wasp - Dolichovespula saxonica
Saxon Wasp - Dolichovespula saxonica

Saxon Wasp - Dolichovespula saxonica
The Saxon Wasp - Dolichovespula saxonica is a species of the genus Yellowjacket. It is a colony building insect. The queens reach body lengths of 15 to 19 mm, the workers 11 to 15 mm and the drones, 13 to 15 mm. The colony can comprise 200 to 300 animals. The wasp has markings on its head which look like a crown? It is found in open countryside and wooded hills, in breeding boxes for birds, hedges or buildings.
Saxon Wasp - Worker
Saxon Wasp - Worker
The wasp nests of Dolichovespula saxonica, are built from rotting wood, are grey in colour and are approximately the size of a ball? football or tennis ball or what? The whole exterior surface of the nests is smooth. While the adult animals feed mainly on nectar, the larvae are fed on flies. The life cycle of Dolichovespula saxonica is approximately April to September.
Saxon Wasp on a white flower
Saxon Wasp on a white flower
In general, the Dolichovespula saxonica are neither annoying nor harmful. However, if the nest is disturbed the wasps will defend it. Their sting is painful, but rarely triggers allergies.
Saxon Wasp - Rear view
Saxon Wasp - Rear view

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Nikon D3x, Nikon D300, Canon 50D
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1. Saxon Wasp - Dolichovespula saxonica
2. Saxon Wasp - Worker
3. Saxon Wasp on a white flower
4. Saxon Wasp - Rear view
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