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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 ANBG - 13 Apr 2021 by HelenCross Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Aranda, ACT - 6 Apr 2021 by KMcCue Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Jerrabomberra Wetlands - 5 Apr 2021 by RodDeb Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Campbell, ACT - 1 Apr 2021 by JanetRussell Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Hume, ACT - 28 Mar 2021 by RodDeb Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Dryandra St Woodland - 27 Mar 2021 by ConBoekel Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve - 15 Mar 2021 by RodDeb Vespula germanica (European wasp) at ANBG - 11 Mar 2021 by TimL Vespula germanica (European wasp) at National Zoo and Aquarium - 10 Mar 2021 by RodDeb Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Jerrabomberra Wetlands - 8 Mar 2021 by SandraH Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Brindabella, NSW - 6 Mar 2021 by BIrdsinCanberra Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Lake Ginninderra - 1 Mar 2021 by AlisonMilton Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Karabar, NSW - 27 Feb 2021 by tpreston Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Black Mountain - 25 Feb 2021 by tpreston Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Old Naas TSR - 23 Feb 2021 by tpreston Vespula germanica (European wasp) at ANBG - 14 Feb 2021 by TimL Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Australian National University - 11 Feb 2021 by AlisonMilton Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Lower Cotter Catchment - 11 Feb 2021 by Christine Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Coree, ACT - 6 Feb 2021 by BIrdsinCanberra Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Kosciuszko National Park - 6 Feb 2021 by alex_watt Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Mount Ainslie - 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 Garran Woodland - 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 River - 31 May 2020 by LisaH Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Commonwealth & Kings Parks - 8 May 2020 by RodDeb Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Aranda, ACT - 12 Apr 2020 by Lisa.Jok Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Hughes Garran Woodland - 6 Apr 2020 by ruthkerruish Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Jerrabomberra Wetlands - 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 ANBG - 10 Jul 2019 by TimL Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Jerrabomberra Wetlands - 17 Jun 2019 by RodDeb Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Jerrabomberra Wetlands - 12 Jun 2019 by roymcd Vespula germanica (European wasp) at ANBG - 7 Jun 2019 by HelenCross Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Pialligo, ACT - 19 May 2019 by HelenCross Vespula germanica (European wasp) at City Renewal Authority Area - 14 May 2019 by JanetRussell Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Namadgi National Park - 13 May 2019 by DonFletcher Vespula germanica (European wasp) at ANBG - 11 May 2019 by TimL Vespula germanica (European wasp) at ANBG - 11 May 2019 by TimL Vespula germanica (European wasp) at ANBG - 11 May 2019 by TimL Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Cotter Reserve - 11 May 2019 by Christine Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Amaroo, ACT - 3 May 2019 by RichForshaw Vespula germanica (European wasp) at ANBG - 27 Apr 2019 by TimL Vespula germanica (European wasp) at ANBG - 23 Apr 2019 by RodDeb Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Hughes, ACT - 20 Apr 2019 by BIrdsinCanberra Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Queanbeyan East, NSW - 20 Apr 2019 by RodDeb Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Jerrabomberra Wetlands - 16 Apr 2019 by AlisonMilton Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Jerrabomberra Wetlands - 14 Apr 2019 by RodDeb Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Namadgi National Park - 13 Apr 2019 by Christine Vespula germanica (European wasp) at ANBG - 9 Apr 2019 by HelenCross Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve - 7 Apr 2019 by Christine Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Gibraltar Pines - 7 Apr 2019 by Christine Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Namadgi National Park - 7 Apr 2019 by AlisonMilton Vespula germanica (European wasp) at ANBG - 4 Apr 2019 by TimL Vespula germanica (European wasp) at ANBG - 3 Apr 2019 by TimL Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Namadgi National Park - 1 Apr 2019 by Christine Vespula germanica (European wasp) at ANBG - 31 Mar 2019 by Christine Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Higgins, ACT - 30 Mar 2019 by AlisonMilton Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Namadgi National Park - 16 Mar 2019 by Matthewl Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Brindabella National Park - 15 Mar 2019 by rawshorty Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Namadgi National Park - 11 Mar 2019 by JohnBundock Vespula germanica (European wasp) at The Pinnacle - 10 Mar 2019 by AlisonMilton Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Namadgi National Park - 2 Mar 2019 by rawshorty Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Higgins, ACT - 1 Mar 2019 by Alison Milton Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Rob Roy Range - 16 Feb 2019 by michaelb Vespula germanica (European wasp) at National Zoo and Aquarium - 26 Nov 2018 by RodDeb Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve - 18 Nov 2018 by RodDeb Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Jerrabomberra Wetlands - 27 Oct 2018 by silversea_starsong Vespula germanica (European wasp) at National Arboretum Forests - 27 Aug 2018 by Harrisi Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Wamboin, NSW - 26 Aug 2018 by natureguy Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Namadgi National Park - 17 May 2018 by LukeJ Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Conder, ACT - 7 May 2018 by michaelb Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Jerrabomberra Wetlands - 24 Apr 2018 by natureguy Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Mount Taylor - 15 Apr 2018 by MatthewFrawley Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Lake Ginninderra - 29 Mar 2018 by Alison Milton Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Namadgi National Park - 29 Mar 2018 by Christine Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Namadgi National Park - 17 Mar 2018 by jmcleod Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Jerrabomberra Wetlands - 16 Mar 2018 by Alison Milton Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Namadgi National Park - 12 Mar 2018 by SWishart Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Gibraltar Pines - 9 Mar 2018 by RodDeb Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Coree, ACT - 6 Mar 2018 by JudithRoach Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Queanbeyan, NSW - 3 Mar 2018 by natureguy Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve - 28 Feb 2018 by YumiCallaway Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Higgins, ACT - 27 Feb 2018 by Alison Milton Vespula germanica (European wasp) at City Renewal Authority Area - 20 Feb 2018 by AaronClausen Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Namadgi National Park - 18 Feb 2018 by HarveyPerkins Vespula germanica (European wasp) at ANBG - 16 Feb 2018 by RodDeb Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve - 3 Feb 2018 by MatthewFrawley Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Yarralumla, ACT - 1 Feb 2018 by PeterA Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Barton, ACT - 27 Sep 2017 by Speedsta Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Point Hut to Tharwa - 3 May 2017 by michaelb Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Point Hut Pond - 18 Mar 2017 by michaelb Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Namadgi National Park - 12 Mar 2017 by HarveyPerkins Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Namadgi National Park - 11 Mar 2017 by HarveyPerkins
Vespula germanica (European wasp) at ANBG - 13 Apr 2021 by HelenCross
Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Aranda, ACT - 6 Apr 2021 by KMcCue
Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Jerrabomberra Wetlands - 5 Apr 2021 by RodDeb
Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Campbell, ACT - 1 Apr 2021 by JanetRussell
Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Hume, ACT - 28 Mar 2021 by RodDeb
Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Dryandra St Woodland - 27 Mar 2021 by ConBoekel
Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve - 15 Mar 2021 by RodDeb
Vespula germanica (European wasp) at ANBG - 11 Mar 2021 by TimL
Vespula germanica (European wasp) at National Zoo and Aquarium - 10 Mar 2021 by RodDeb
Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Jerrabomberra Wetlands - 8 Mar 2021 by SandraH
Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Brindabella, NSW - 6 Mar 2021 by BIrdsinCanberra
Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Lake Ginninderra - 1 Mar 2021 by AlisonMilton
Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Karabar, NSW - 27 Feb 2021 by tpreston
Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Black Mountain - 25 Feb 2021 by tpreston
Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Old Naas TSR - 23 Feb 2021 by tpreston
Vespula germanica (European wasp) at ANBG - 14 Feb 2021 by TimL
Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Australian National University - 11 Feb 2021 by AlisonMilton
Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Lower Cotter Catchment - 11 Feb 2021 by Christine
Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Coree, ACT - 6 Feb 2021 by BIrdsinCanberra
Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Kosciuszko National Park - 6 Feb 2021 by alex_watt
Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Mount Ainslie - 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 Garran Woodland - 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 River - 31 May 2020 by LisaH
Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Commonwealth & Kings Parks - 8 May 2020 by RodDeb
Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Aranda, ACT - 12 Apr 2020 by Lisa.Jok
Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Hughes Garran Woodland - 6 Apr 2020 by ruthkerruish
Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Jerrabomberra Wetlands - 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 ANBG - 10 Jul 2019 by TimL
Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Jerrabomberra Wetlands - 17 Jun 2019 by RodDeb
Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Jerrabomberra Wetlands - 12 Jun 2019 by roymcd
Vespula germanica (European wasp) at ANBG - 7 Jun 2019 by HelenCross
Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Pialligo, ACT - 19 May 2019 by HelenCross
Vespula germanica (European wasp) at City Renewal Authority Area - 14 May 2019 by JanetRussell
Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Namadgi National Park - 13 May 2019 by DonFletcher
Vespula germanica (European wasp) at ANBG - 11 May 2019 by TimL
Vespula germanica (European wasp) at ANBG - 11 May 2019 by TimL
Vespula germanica (European wasp) at ANBG - 11 May 2019 by TimL
Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Cotter Reserve - 11 May 2019 by Christine
Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Amaroo, ACT - 3 May 2019 by RichForshaw
Vespula germanica (European wasp) at ANBG - 27 Apr 2019 by TimL
Vespula germanica (European wasp) at ANBG - 23 Apr 2019 by RodDeb
Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Hughes, ACT - 20 Apr 2019 by BIrdsinCanberra
Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Queanbeyan East, NSW - 20 Apr 2019 by RodDeb
Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Jerrabomberra Wetlands - 16 Apr 2019 by AlisonMilton
Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Jerrabomberra Wetlands - 14 Apr 2019 by RodDeb
Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Namadgi National Park - 13 Apr 2019 by Christine
Vespula germanica (European wasp) at ANBG - 9 Apr 2019 by HelenCross
Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve - 7 Apr 2019 by Christine
Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Gibraltar Pines - 7 Apr 2019 by Christine
Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Namadgi National Park - 7 Apr 2019 by AlisonMilton
Vespula germanica (European wasp) at ANBG - 4 Apr 2019 by TimL
Vespula germanica (European wasp) at ANBG - 3 Apr 2019 by TimL
Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Namadgi National Park - 1 Apr 2019 by Christine
Vespula germanica (European wasp) at ANBG - 31 Mar 2019 by Christine
Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Higgins, ACT - 30 Mar 2019 by AlisonMilton
Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Namadgi National Park - 16 Mar 2019 by Matthewl
Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Brindabella National Park - 15 Mar 2019 by rawshorty
Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Namadgi National Park - 11 Mar 2019 by JohnBundock
Vespula germanica (European wasp) at The Pinnacle - 10 Mar 2019 by AlisonMilton
Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Namadgi National Park - 2 Mar 2019 by rawshorty
Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Higgins, ACT - 1 Mar 2019 by Alison Milton
Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Rob Roy Range - 16 Feb 2019 by michaelb
Vespula germanica (European wasp) at National Zoo and Aquarium - 26 Nov 2018 by RodDeb
Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve - 18 Nov 2018 by RodDeb
Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Jerrabomberra Wetlands - 27 Oct 2018 by silversea_starsong
Vespula germanica (European wasp) at National Arboretum Forests - 27 Aug 2018 by Harrisi
Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Wamboin, NSW - 26 Aug 2018 by natureguy
Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Namadgi National Park - 17 May 2018 by LukeJ
Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Conder, ACT - 7 May 2018 by michaelb
Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Jerrabomberra Wetlands - 24 Apr 2018 by natureguy
Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Mount Taylor - 15 Apr 2018 by MatthewFrawley
Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Lake Ginninderra - 29 Mar 2018 by Alison Milton
Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Namadgi National Park - 29 Mar 2018 by Christine
Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Namadgi National Park - 17 Mar 2018 by jmcleod
Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Jerrabomberra Wetlands - 16 Mar 2018 by Alison Milton
Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Namadgi National Park - 12 Mar 2018 by SWishart
Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Gibraltar Pines - 9 Mar 2018 by RodDeb
Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Coree, ACT - 6 Mar 2018 by JudithRoach
Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Queanbeyan, NSW - 3 Mar 2018 by natureguy
Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve - 28 Feb 2018 by YumiCallaway
Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Higgins, ACT - 27 Feb 2018 by Alison Milton
Vespula germanica (European wasp) at City Renewal Authority Area - 20 Feb 2018 by AaronClausen
Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Namadgi National Park - 18 Feb 2018 by HarveyPerkins
Vespula germanica (European wasp) at ANBG - 16 Feb 2018 by RodDeb
Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve - 3 Feb 2018 by MatthewFrawley
Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Yarralumla, ACT - 1 Feb 2018 by PeterA
Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Barton, ACT - 27 Sep 2017 by Speedsta
Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Point Hut to Tharwa - 3 May 2017 by michaelb
Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Point Hut Pond - 18 Mar 2017 by michaelb
Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Namadgi National Park - 12 Mar 2017 by HarveyPerkins
Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Namadgi National Park - 11 Mar 2017 by HarveyPerkins

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Species information

  • Vespula germanica Scientific name
  • European wasp Common name
  • Not Sensitive
  • Exotic
  • Noxious or High Risk Weed or Pest
  • 546.5m to 1230.8m Recorded at altitude
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