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About wasps

Hornet, Vespa crabro

Wasps are a group of insects that includes social wasps, potter wasps, mason wasps, digger wasps, parasitic wasps and sawflies.

Wasps, along with bees and ants, form the group called Hymenoptera. The most familiar are the social wasps, of which there are 9 UK species. These are the yellow and black or orange and black banded wasps that trouble our summer picnics and barbecues. However, the majority of wasps lead a solitary life. Some sting and immobilise other invertebrates to feed to their larvae. Others, such as the parasitoid wasps, lay eggs directly into the bodies of their hosts.

Wasps play a vital role controlling numbers of more prolific groups of invertebrates, including many pests of plants and commercial crops.

Number of UK species: more than 7,000

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Re: Brightly coloured two tone flying insect 2 weeks ago by Ian Ian
Re: Please help identify this hornet 2 months ago by Garret Garret
Stung by a ichneumon wasp - should I be concerned?! 2 months ago by Bittencat Bittencat
Re: (Very) Low Flying Ichneumons 4 months ago by AJCann AJCann
Re: Another Ichneumon Wasp? 7 months ago by GeoDave GeoDave
Re: Asian hornet? 9 months ago by wildlifer wildlifer
Re: What kind of wasp/hornet nest is this? 9 months ago by Rory Rory
Re: Can you help to id this large "wasp" please? 9 months ago by flecc flecc
Re: Sawfly ID 10 months ago by Pralinsky Pralinsky
Re: Ichneumon? 10 months ago by Pralinsky Pralinsky
Ichneumon sp??? 10 months ago by Derek4509 Derek4509
Re: Female potter wasp (ancistrocerus parietinus?) 11 months ago by Northumberland Wildlife Northumberland Wildlife
Can anyone ID this small insect? 12 months ago by egli egli
Can anyone help me to identify this solitary wasp? 1 year ago by Sue Sue
Can anyone help me to identify this solitary wasp? 1 year ago by Sue Sue
Re: Ichneumon wasp 1 year ago by Northumberland Wildlife Northumberland Wildlife
Re: Wasp  behaviour 1 year ago by Happy Days Happy Days
Re: A wasp from Costa Rica for ID please. 1 year ago by TORCROSS TORCROSS
Re: Is this a Chalcidoid? 1 year ago by Atanas Atanas
Re: Wasp ID please 1 year ago by wolvesjeff wolvesjeff
Re: Whasp? 1 year ago by Londheart Londheart
Re: Early Morning Wasps 1 year ago by flecc flecc
Re: Wasp for ID 1 year ago by Hairstreak Hairstreak
Re: Wasp for ID 1 year ago by Hairstreak Hairstreak
Re: Wasp for ID 1 year ago by Hairstreak Hairstreak
Re: In the attic 1 year ago by flecc flecc
Re: Is this an Ichneumon? 1 year ago by a1787082985edb187a6a9840bb2906f3d4eff356 a1787082985edb187a6a9840bb2906f3d4eff356
Re: Ichneumon behaviour? 1 year ago by unarmadillo unarmadillo
Re: What is this? 1 year ago by habdab habdab
Re: Large black & white wasp? 2 years ago by MikeHardman MikeHardman

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