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Social or paper-nest wasp (Vespidae, Polistinae & Vespinae)Vespula germanica

1 European wasp at Hughes, ACT

Vespula germanica at Hughes, ACT - 20 Apr 2019

Identification history

Social or paper-nest wasp (Vespidae, Polistinae & Vespinae) Vespula germanica 25 Apr 2019 KimPullen
Social or paper-nest wasp (Vespidae, Polistinae & Vespinae) Vespula germanica 25 Apr 2019 BIrdsinCanberra

Author's notes

I wanted to photograph a Leaf-curling Spider and I arrived just in time to see a European Wasp hovering near the web, before it appeared to charge into the net. The spider seemed to move but then backed away. After taking the picture I started to set up a tripod keep photographing. By the time I was ready with my tripod, the wasp had gone, while the spider was backed right up in its leaf. I looked up the behaviour on Canberra Nature Map, finding two cases where European Wasps had stolen, or attempted to steal prey from a spider’s web (https://canberra.naturemapr.org/Community/Sightings/Details/4205871 & https://canberra.naturemapr.org/Community/Sightings/Details/3374617). I think that is what happened in this case given the wasp looks like it has its legs wrapped around something in the web.

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Laxta granicollis (Common trilobite cockroach, bark cockroach) at Hughes, ACT - 2 Jun 2019
Callocephalon fimbriatum (Gang-gang Cockatoo) at Hughes, ACT - 1 Jun 2019
Ectropis sp. (genus) (An engrailed moth) at Hughes, ACT - 25 May 2019
Poecilometis strigatus (Gum Tree Shield Bug) at Hughes, ACT - 19 May 2019
Polytelis swainsonii (Superb Parrot) at Hughes, ACT - 22 Sep 2018

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Species information

  • Not Sensitive
  • Exotic
  • Noxious or High Risk Weed or Pest

Sighting information

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  • 20 Apr 2019 4:24 PM Recorded on
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