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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 Latham, ACT - 28 Jun 2022 by AlisonMilton Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Flynn, ACT - 24 Jun 2022 by Christine Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Fyshwick, ACT - 12 Jun 2022 by Christine Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Yass River, NSW - 9 Jun 2022 by SenexRugosus Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Gundaroo, NSW - 7 Jun 2022 by Gunyijan Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Borough, NSW - 2 Jun 2022 by Paul4K Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Yarrow, NSW - 29 May 2022 by Christine Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Dunlop, ACT - 27 May 2022 by Christine Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Aranda, ACT - 23 May 2022 by KMcCue Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Acton, ACT - 20 May 2022 by TimL Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Acton, ACT - 20 May 2022 by TimL Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Molonglo Valley, ACT - 19 May 2022 by Christine Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Paddys River, ACT - 19 May 2022 by jb2602 Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Paddys River, ACT - 16 May 2022 by Christine Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Acton, ACT - 8 May 2022 by TimL Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Molonglo Valley, ACT - 2 May 2022 by AlisonMilton Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Karabar, NSW - 1 May 2022 by Steve_Bok Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Conder, ACT - 30 Apr 2022 by michaelb Vespula germanica (European wasp) at McKellar, ACT - 23 Apr 2022 by Birdy Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Higgins, ACT - 14 Apr 2022 by AlisonMilton Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Paddys River, ACT - 12 Apr 2022 by Steve_Bok Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Stromlo, ACT - 10 Apr 2022 by HelenCross Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Wambrook, NSW - 5 Apr 2022 by Mike Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Latham, ACT - 30 Mar 2022 by pinnaCLE Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Molonglo Valley, ACT - 25 Mar 2022 by Kurt Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Theodore, ACT - 11 Feb 2022 by Cardy Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Cotter River, ACT - 4 Dec 2021 by Sarah2019 Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Molonglo Valley, ACT - 24 Oct 2021 by JanetRussell Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Red Hill, ACT - 23 Oct 2021 by HelenJ Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Evatt, ACT - 9 Oct 2021 by TimL Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Stromlo, ACT - 3 Oct 2021 by Miranda Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Booth, ACT - 2 Oct 2021 by Christine Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Bruce, ACT - 22 Jul 2021 by AlisonMilton Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Conder, ACT - 6 Jun 2021 by michaelb Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Latham, ACT - 1 Jun 2021 by JBrickhill Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Acton, ACT - 28 May 2021 by TimL Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Acton, ACT - 28 May 2021 by TimL Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Holt, ACT - 20 May 2021 by Tammy Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Fyshwick, ACT - 19 May 2021 by Christine Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Fyshwick, ACT - 14 May 2021 by Christine Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Conder, ACT - 2 May 2021 by michaelb Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Paddys River, ACT - 26 Apr 2021 by tpreston Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Conder, ACT - 24 Apr 2021 by michaelb Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Forde, ACT - 17 Apr 2021 by HarveyPerkins Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Downer, ACT - 13 Apr 2021 by HelenCross Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Aranda, ACT - 6 Apr 2021 by KMcCue Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Fyshwick, ACT - 5 Apr 2021 by RodDeb Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Reid, ACT - 4 Apr 2021 by AndyRussell Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Campbell, ACT - 1 Apr 2021 by JanetRussell Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Holt, ACT - 30 Mar 2021 by AlisonMilton Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Hume, ACT - 28 Mar 2021 by RodDeb Vespula germanica (European wasp) at O'Connor, ACT - 27 Mar 2021 by ConBoekel Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Paddys River, ACT - 15 Mar 2021 by RodDeb Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Acton, ACT - 11 Mar 2021 by TimL Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Molonglo Valley, ACT - 10 Mar 2021 by RodDeb Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Fyshwick, ACT - 8 Mar 2021 by SandraH Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Conder, ACT - 6 Mar 2021 by michaelb Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Brindabella, NSW - 6 Mar 2021 by BIrdsinCanberra Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Conder, ACT - 3 Mar 2021 by michaelb Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Belconnen, ACT - 1 Mar 2021 by AlisonMilton Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Karabar, NSW - 27 Feb 2021 by tpreston Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Bruce, ACT - 25 Feb 2021 by tpreston Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Tennent, ACT - 23 Feb 2021 by tpreston Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Higgins, ACT - 18 Feb 2021 by AlisonMilton Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Acton, ACT - 14 Feb 2021 by TimL Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Acton, ACT - 11 Feb 2021 by AlisonMilton Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Cotter River, ACT - 11 Feb 2021 by Christine Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Coree, ACT - 6 Feb 2021 by BIrdsinCanberra Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Cooleman, NSW - 6 Feb 2021 by alex_watt Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Ainslie, ACT - 26 Jan 2021 by jbromilow50 Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Gungahlin, ACT - 22 Jan 2021 by Petal Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Hume, ACT - 18 Jan 2021 by RodDeb Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Hughes, ACT - 31 Dec 2020 by ruthkerruish Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Greenleigh, NSW - 20 Aug 2020 by LyndalT Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Googong, NSW - 5 Aug 2020 by WHall Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Mongarlowe, NSW - 31 May 2020 by LisaH Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Parkes, ACT - 8 May 2020 by RodDeb Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Aranda, ACT - 12 Apr 2020 by Lisa.Jok Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Hughes, ACT - 6 Apr 2020 by ruthkerruish Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Fyshwick, ACT - 28 Mar 2020 by JaneR Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Aranda, ACT - 8 Jan 2020 by Jubeyjubes Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Higgins, ACT - 5 Jan 2020 by AlisonMilton Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Higgins, ACT - 2 Nov 2019 by AlisonMilton Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Flynn, ACT - 22 Oct 2019 by Christine Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Spence, ACT - 21 Oct 2019 by Laserchemisty Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Acton, ACT - 10 Jul 2019 by TimL Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Fyshwick, ACT - 17 Jun 2019 by RodDeb Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Fyshwick, ACT - 12 Jun 2019 by roymcd Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Acton, ACT - 7 Jun 2019 by HelenCross Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Pialligo, ACT - 19 May 2019 by HelenCross Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Canberra, ACT - 14 May 2019 by JanetRussell Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Booth, ACT - 13 May 2019 by DonFletcher Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Acton, ACT - 11 May 2019 by TimL Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Acton, ACT - 11 May 2019 by TimL Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Acton, ACT - 11 May 2019 by TimL Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Paddys River, ACT - 11 May 2019 by Christine Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Amaroo, ACT - 3 May 2019 by RichForshaw Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Acton, ACT - 27 Apr 2019 by TimL Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Acton, ACT - 23 Apr 2019 by RodDeb Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Hughes, ACT - 20 Apr 2019 by BIrdsinCanberra
Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Latham, ACT - 28 Jun 2022 by AlisonMilton
Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Flynn, ACT - 24 Jun 2022 by Christine
Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Fyshwick, ACT - 12 Jun 2022 by Christine
Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Yass River, NSW - 9 Jun 2022 by SenexRugosus
Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Gundaroo, NSW - 7 Jun 2022 by Gunyijan
Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Borough, NSW - 2 Jun 2022 by Paul4K
Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Yarrow, NSW - 29 May 2022 by Christine
Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Dunlop, ACT - 27 May 2022 by Christine
Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Aranda, ACT - 23 May 2022 by KMcCue
Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Acton, ACT - 20 May 2022 by TimL
Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Acton, ACT - 20 May 2022 by TimL
Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Molonglo Valley, ACT - 19 May 2022 by Christine
Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Paddys River, ACT - 19 May 2022 by jb2602
Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Paddys River, ACT - 16 May 2022 by Christine
Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Acton, ACT - 8 May 2022 by TimL
Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Molonglo Valley, ACT - 2 May 2022 by AlisonMilton
Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Karabar, NSW - 1 May 2022 by Steve_Bok
Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Conder, ACT - 30 Apr 2022 by michaelb
Vespula germanica (European wasp) at McKellar, ACT - 23 Apr 2022 by Birdy
Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Higgins, ACT - 14 Apr 2022 by AlisonMilton
Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Paddys River, ACT - 12 Apr 2022 by Steve_Bok
Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Stromlo, ACT - 10 Apr 2022 by HelenCross
Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Wambrook, NSW - 5 Apr 2022 by Mike
Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Latham, ACT - 30 Mar 2022 by pinnaCLE
Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Molonglo Valley, ACT - 25 Mar 2022 by Kurt
Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Theodore, ACT - 11 Feb 2022 by Cardy
Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Cotter River, ACT - 4 Dec 2021 by Sarah2019
Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Molonglo Valley, ACT - 24 Oct 2021 by JanetRussell
Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Red Hill, ACT - 23 Oct 2021 by HelenJ
Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Evatt, ACT - 9 Oct 2021 by TimL
Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Stromlo, ACT - 3 Oct 2021 by Miranda
Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Booth, ACT - 2 Oct 2021 by Christine
Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Bruce, ACT - 22 Jul 2021 by AlisonMilton
Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Conder, ACT - 6 Jun 2021 by michaelb
Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Latham, ACT - 1 Jun 2021 by JBrickhill
Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Acton, ACT - 28 May 2021 by TimL
Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Acton, ACT - 28 May 2021 by TimL
Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Holt, ACT - 20 May 2021 by Tammy
Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Fyshwick, ACT - 19 May 2021 by Christine
Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Fyshwick, ACT - 14 May 2021 by Christine
Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Conder, ACT - 2 May 2021 by michaelb
Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Paddys River, ACT - 26 Apr 2021 by tpreston
Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Conder, ACT - 24 Apr 2021 by michaelb
Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Forde, ACT - 17 Apr 2021 by HarveyPerkins
Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Downer, ACT - 13 Apr 2021 by HelenCross
Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Aranda, ACT - 6 Apr 2021 by KMcCue
Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Fyshwick, ACT - 5 Apr 2021 by RodDeb
Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Reid, ACT - 4 Apr 2021 by AndyRussell
Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Campbell, ACT - 1 Apr 2021 by JanetRussell
Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Holt, ACT - 30 Mar 2021 by AlisonMilton
Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Hume, ACT - 28 Mar 2021 by RodDeb
Vespula germanica (European wasp) at O'Connor, ACT - 27 Mar 2021 by ConBoekel
Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Paddys River, ACT - 15 Mar 2021 by RodDeb
Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Acton, ACT - 11 Mar 2021 by TimL
Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Molonglo Valley, ACT - 10 Mar 2021 by RodDeb
Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Fyshwick, ACT - 8 Mar 2021 by SandraH
Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Conder, ACT - 6 Mar 2021 by michaelb
Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Brindabella, NSW - 6 Mar 2021 by BIrdsinCanberra
Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Conder, ACT - 3 Mar 2021 by michaelb
Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Belconnen, ACT - 1 Mar 2021 by AlisonMilton
Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Karabar, NSW - 27 Feb 2021 by tpreston
Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Bruce, ACT - 25 Feb 2021 by tpreston
Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Tennent, ACT - 23 Feb 2021 by tpreston
Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Higgins, ACT - 18 Feb 2021 by AlisonMilton
Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Acton, ACT - 14 Feb 2021 by TimL
Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Acton, ACT - 11 Feb 2021 by AlisonMilton
Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Cotter River, ACT - 11 Feb 2021 by Christine
Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Coree, ACT - 6 Feb 2021 by BIrdsinCanberra
Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Cooleman, NSW - 6 Feb 2021 by alex_watt
Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Ainslie, ACT - 26 Jan 2021 by jbromilow50
Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Gungahlin, ACT - 22 Jan 2021 by Petal
Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Hume, ACT - 18 Jan 2021 by RodDeb
Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Hughes, ACT - 31 Dec 2020 by ruthkerruish
Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Greenleigh, NSW - 20 Aug 2020 by LyndalT
Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Googong, NSW - 5 Aug 2020 by WHall
Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Mongarlowe, NSW - 31 May 2020 by LisaH
Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Parkes, ACT - 8 May 2020 by RodDeb
Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Aranda, ACT - 12 Apr 2020 by Lisa.Jok
Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Hughes, ACT - 6 Apr 2020 by ruthkerruish
Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Fyshwick, ACT - 28 Mar 2020 by JaneR
Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Aranda, ACT - 8 Jan 2020 by Jubeyjubes
Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Higgins, ACT - 5 Jan 2020 by AlisonMilton
Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Higgins, ACT - 2 Nov 2019 by AlisonMilton
Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Flynn, ACT - 22 Oct 2019 by Christine
Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Spence, ACT - 21 Oct 2019 by Laserchemisty
Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Acton, ACT - 10 Jul 2019 by TimL
Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Fyshwick, ACT - 17 Jun 2019 by RodDeb
Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Fyshwick, ACT - 12 Jun 2019 by roymcd
Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Acton, ACT - 7 Jun 2019 by HelenCross
Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Pialligo, ACT - 19 May 2019 by HelenCross
Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Canberra, ACT - 14 May 2019 by JanetRussell
Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Booth, ACT - 13 May 2019 by DonFletcher
Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Acton, ACT - 11 May 2019 by TimL
Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Acton, ACT - 11 May 2019 by TimL
Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Acton, ACT - 11 May 2019 by TimL
Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Paddys River, ACT - 11 May 2019 by Christine
Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Amaroo, ACT - 3 May 2019 by RichForshaw
Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Acton, ACT - 27 Apr 2019 by TimL
Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Acton, ACT - 23 Apr 2019 by RodDeb
Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Hughes, ACT - 20 Apr 2019 by BIrdsinCanberra

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  • Vespula germanica Scientific name
  • European wasp Common name
  • Not Sensitive
  • Exotic
  • Noxious or High Risk Weed or Pest
  • 0m to 1230.8m Recorded at altitude
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