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

European wasp

European wasps are aggressive hunters of insects and spiders, which they feed to their larvae. The adults themselves eat pollen, nectar, other carbohydrates and secretions produced by their young. This wasp out-competes native species for food resources as well as virtually depleting an area of its  insect and spider fauna. Vespula germanica also has a large negative impact on human receation activities. Nests should be reported to the ACT hotline (see link below). Recent records for the wasp have appeared from New Chums Road and Nursery Swamp - we would like to know just how widespread it is in Namadgi - so please report any sightings from there.

"A typical European wasp nest is started in the spring by a single queen emerging from hibernation. She raises the first worker wasps herself, which then help her raise more workers, and so the nest grows through the summer. Come the autumn most workers die out while the newly born queens search for a warm, dark place to hibernate." (Dr Reeson, Adelaide University)

Other online resources:

http://www.tccs.act.gov.au/city-living/wildlife/pest-insects/wasps

https://museumvictoria.com.au/wasps/

https://www.landcareresearch.co.nz/science/plants-animals-fungi/animals/invertebrates/invasive-invertebrates/wasps

 

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Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Jerrabomberra Wetlands - 17 Jun 2019 Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Jerrabomberra Wetlands - 12 Jun 2019 Vespula germanica (European wasp) at ANBG - 7 Jun 2019 Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Pialligo, ACT - 19 May 2019 Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Canberra, ACT - 14 May 2019 Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Namadgi National Park - 14 May 2019 Vespula germanica (European wasp) at ANBG - 11 May 2019 Vespula germanica (European wasp) at ANBG - 11 May 2019 Vespula germanica (European wasp) at ANBG - 11 May 2019 Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Cotter Reserve - 11 May 2019 Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Amaroo, ACT - 3 May 2019 Vespula germanica (European wasp) at ANBG - 27 Apr 2019 Vespula germanica (European wasp) at ANBG - 23 Apr 2019 Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Hughes, ACT - 20 Apr 2019 Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Queanbeyan East, NSW - 20 Apr 2019 Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Jerrabomberra Wetlands - 16 Apr 2019 Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Jerrabomberra Wetlands - 14 Apr 2019 Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Namadgi National Park - 13 Apr 2019 Vespula germanica (European wasp) at ANBG - 9 Apr 2019 Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve - 7 Apr 2019 Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Gibraltar Pines - 7 Apr 2019 Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Namadgi National Park - 7 Apr 2019 Vespula germanica (European wasp) at ANBG - 4 Apr 2019 Vespula germanica (European wasp) at ANBG - 3 Apr 2019 Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Namadgi National Park - 1 Apr 2019 Vespula germanica (European wasp) at ANBG - 31 Mar 2019 Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Higgins, ACT - 31 Mar 2019 Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Namadgi National Park - 16 Mar 2019 Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Brindabella National Park - 15 Mar 2019 Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Namadgi National Park - 11 Mar 2019 Vespula germanica (European wasp) at The Pinnacle - 10 Mar 2019 Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Namadgi National Park - 3 Mar 2019 Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Higgins, ACT - 1 Mar 2019 Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Rob Roy Range - 16 Feb 2019 Vespula germanica (European wasp) at National Zoo and Aquarium - 26 Nov 2018 Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve - 19 Nov 2018 Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Jerrabomberra Wetlands - 28 Oct 2018 Vespula germanica (European wasp) at National Arboretum Forests - 27 Aug 2018 Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Wamboin, NSW - 26 Aug 2018 Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Namadgi National Park - 18 May 2018 Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Conder, ACT - 7 May 2018 Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Jerrabomberra Wetlands - 25 Apr 2018 Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Mount Taylor - 15 Apr 2018 Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Lake Ginninderra - 29 Mar 2018 Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Namadgi National Park - 29 Mar 2018 Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Namadgi National Park - 17 Mar 2018 Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Jerrabomberra Wetlands - 16 Mar 2018 Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Namadgi National Park - 12 Mar 2018 Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Gibraltar Pines - 9 Mar 2018 Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Coree, ACT - 7 Mar 2018 Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Queanbeyan, NSW - 4 Mar 2018 Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Higgins, ACT - 27 Feb 2018 Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Braddon, ACT - 20 Feb 2018 Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Namadgi National Park - 18 Feb 2018 Vespula germanica (European wasp) at ANBG - 16 Feb 2018 Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Jerrabomberra Wetlands - 8 Feb 2018 Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve - 3 Feb 2018 Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Yarralumla, ACT - 1 Feb 2018 Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Barton, ACT - 27 Sep 2017 Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Point Hut to Tharwa - 3 May 2017 Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Point Hut Pond - 18 Mar 2017 Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Namadgi National Park - 12 Mar 2017 Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Namadgi National Park - 12 Mar 2017 Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Point Hut to Tharwa - 4 Feb 2017 Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Aranda, ACT - 22 Jan 2015 Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Illilanga & Baroona - 27 Mar 2014
Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Jerrabomberra Wetlands - 17 Jun 2019
Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Jerrabomberra Wetlands - 12 Jun 2019
Vespula germanica (European wasp) at ANBG - 7 Jun 2019
Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Pialligo, ACT - 19 May 2019
Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Canberra, ACT - 14 May 2019
Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Namadgi National Park - 14 May 2019
Vespula germanica (European wasp) at ANBG - 11 May 2019
Vespula germanica (European wasp) at ANBG - 11 May 2019
Vespula germanica (European wasp) at ANBG - 11 May 2019
Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Cotter Reserve - 11 May 2019
Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Amaroo, ACT - 3 May 2019
Vespula germanica (European wasp) at ANBG - 27 Apr 2019
Vespula germanica (European wasp) at ANBG - 23 Apr 2019
Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Hughes, ACT - 20 Apr 2019
Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Queanbeyan East, NSW - 20 Apr 2019
Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Jerrabomberra Wetlands - 16 Apr 2019
Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Jerrabomberra Wetlands - 14 Apr 2019
Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Namadgi National Park - 13 Apr 2019
Vespula germanica (European wasp) at ANBG - 9 Apr 2019
Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve - 7 Apr 2019
Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Gibraltar Pines - 7 Apr 2019
Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Namadgi National Park - 7 Apr 2019
Vespula germanica (European wasp) at ANBG - 4 Apr 2019
Vespula germanica (European wasp) at ANBG - 3 Apr 2019
Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Namadgi National Park - 1 Apr 2019
Vespula germanica (European wasp) at ANBG - 31 Mar 2019
Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Higgins, ACT - 31 Mar 2019
Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Namadgi National Park - 16 Mar 2019
Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Brindabella National Park - 15 Mar 2019
Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Namadgi National Park - 11 Mar 2019
Vespula germanica (European wasp) at The Pinnacle - 10 Mar 2019
Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Namadgi National Park - 3 Mar 2019
Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Higgins, ACT - 1 Mar 2019
Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Rob Roy Range - 16 Feb 2019
Vespula germanica (European wasp) at National Zoo and Aquarium - 26 Nov 2018
Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve - 19 Nov 2018
Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Jerrabomberra Wetlands - 28 Oct 2018
Vespula germanica (European wasp) at National Arboretum Forests - 27 Aug 2018
Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Wamboin, NSW - 26 Aug 2018
Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Namadgi National Park - 18 May 2018
Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Conder, ACT - 7 May 2018
Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Jerrabomberra Wetlands - 25 Apr 2018
Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Mount Taylor - 15 Apr 2018
Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Lake Ginninderra - 29 Mar 2018
Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Namadgi National Park - 29 Mar 2018
Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Namadgi National Park - 17 Mar 2018
Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Jerrabomberra Wetlands - 16 Mar 2018
Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Namadgi National Park - 12 Mar 2018
Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Gibraltar Pines - 9 Mar 2018
Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Coree, ACT - 7 Mar 2018
Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Queanbeyan, NSW - 4 Mar 2018
Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Higgins, ACT - 27 Feb 2018
Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Braddon, ACT - 20 Feb 2018
Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Namadgi National Park - 18 Feb 2018
Vespula germanica (European wasp) at ANBG - 16 Feb 2018
Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Jerrabomberra Wetlands - 8 Feb 2018
Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve - 3 Feb 2018
Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Yarralumla, ACT - 1 Feb 2018
Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Barton, ACT - 27 Sep 2017
Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Point Hut to Tharwa - 3 May 2017
Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Point Hut Pond - 18 Mar 2017
Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Namadgi National Park - 12 Mar 2017
Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Namadgi National Park - 12 Mar 2017
Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Point Hut to Tharwa - 4 Feb 2017
Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Aranda, ACT - 22 Jan 2015
Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Illilanga & Baroona - 27 Mar 2014

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