Common Wasp
Vespula vulgaris L.

The Common Wasp (Vespula vulgaris L.) is a Eurasian insect species in the wasps family, Vespidae, and found in Europe, Asia, New Zealand and eastern Australia. This insect has bright yellow and black bands along the body, two pairs of wings and fairly long, robust antennae. Adult workers of the common wasp measure about 12 – 17mm (0.5 – 0.7in) from head to abdomen, whereas the queen is about 20mm (0.8in) long. The common wasp forms large colonies below ground, sometimes in hollow trees and attics. All females are capable of stinging. They are highly temperamental and will sting humans with little provocation.

This shot was taken by me in Trakai, a historic city and lake resort in Lithuania.

V. vulgaris
Common Wasp


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