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

1 European wasp at ANBG

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Vespula germanica at ANBG - 11 May 2019
Vespula germanica at ANBG - 11 May 2019
Vespula germanica at ANBG - 11 May 2019
Vespula germanica at ANBG - 11 May 2019
Vespula germanica at ANBG - 11 May 2019

Identification history

Social or paper-nest wasp (Vespidae, Polistinae & Vespinae) Vespula germanica 15 May 2019 MichaelMulvaney
Social or paper-nest wasp (Vespidae, Polistinae & Vespinae) Vespula germanica 14 May 2019 Tim L

Author's notes

This is one of a series of sightings of 5 European Wasps that were systematically stinging many European Honey Bees as the bees were drinking water from the road surface. The wasps returned to the dying bees and typically cut each one in half before either flying away with the lower half of each bee, or removing the contents of the lower half and flying away with that. This behaviour has been observed at several areas within the ANBG wherever the European Honey Bees congregate for water or flowers. Thanks to Marcus Leach for the initial sighting.

4 comments

   15 May 2019
Thanks Tim very grisly
michaelb wrote:
   15 May 2019
Hi Tim
Good observations. Are you quick enough to follow the wasps to their nest? That would be a good find.
Tim L wrote:
   15 May 2019
Hi Michael,
Thanks. I wasn't able to locate their nest on that occasion but I'll follow up on the sighting and identify the location if I find it, and the location of any other nests I find. The sobering thing about these wasp sightings was just how aggressive the European Wasps were and what little chance the Honey Bees stood. The European Wasps were quite clinical about going after every Honey Bee that was present and stinging the lot.
michaelb wrote:
   15 May 2019
Amazing stuff. They are a significant predator in the insect world !

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Eopsaltria australis (Eastern Yellow Robin) at ANBG - 30 Jul 2019
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Lygaeidae sp. (family) (TBC) at ANBG - 13 Jul 2019
Altica sp. (genus) (TBC) at ANBG - 13 Jul 2019
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Vanessa kershawi (Australian Painted Lady) at ANBG - 11 Jun 2019
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Altica sp. (genus) (Flea beetle) at ANBG - 20 May 2019
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Theclinesthes serpentata (Saltbush Blue) at ANBG - 17 May 2019
Scolypopa australis (Passionvine hopper, Fluffybum) at ANBG - 16 May 2019
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Vespula germanica (European wasp) at ANBG - 11 May 2019
Vespula germanica (European wasp) at ANBG - 11 May 2019
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Leioproctus (Leioproctus) amabilis (A plaster bee) at ANBG - 9 May 2019
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Rhytidoponera metallica (Greenhead ant) at ANBG - 4 May 2019
Cantharellus sp. at ANBG - 3 May 2019
Hirudinea sp. (subclass) (A Leech) at ANBG - 3 May 2019
Crabroninae sp. (subfamily) (Unidentified solitary wasp) at ANBG - 2 May 2019
Collembola sp. (order) (Unidentified springtail) at ANBG - 30 Apr 2019
Vespula germanica (European wasp) at ANBG - 27 Apr 2019
Pogonortalis doclea (Boatman fly) at ANBG - 18 Apr 2019
Tipulidae or Limoniidae sp. (family) (TBC) at ANBG - 18 Apr 2019
Pieris rapae (Cabbage White) at ANBG - 18 Apr 2019
Radumeris tasmaniensis (Yellow Hairy Flower Wasp) at ANBG - 18 Apr 2019
Junonia villida (Meadow Argus) at ANBG - 18 Apr 2019
Gastropoda sp. (class) (Unidentified snail or slug) at ANBG - 18 Apr 2019
Tiphiidae sp. (family) (Unidentified Smooth flower wasp) at ANBG - 16 Apr 2019
Lasioglossum (Chilalictus) sp. (genus & subgenus) (Halictid bee) at ANBG - 14 Apr 2019
Chalcidoidea sp. (superfamily) (A gall wasp or Chalcid wasp) at ANBG - 14 Apr 2019
Chauliognathus lugubris (Plague soldier beetle) at ANBG - 14 Apr 2019

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Location

Location information

  • Coordinates 149.107717-35.276634
  • Defined Locations ANBG
  • Places Acton, ACT

Species information

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

Sighting information

  • 5 Abundance
  • 11 May 2019 1:28 PM Recorded on
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