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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: Early Morning Wasps 1 week ago by flecc flecc
Re: Wasp for ID 2 weeks ago by Hairstreak Hairstreak
Re: Wasp for ID 2 weeks ago by Hairstreak Hairstreak
Re: Wasp for ID 1 month ago by Hairstreak Hairstreak
Re: In the attic 1 month ago by flecc flecc
Re: Is this an Ichneumon? 1 month ago by a1787082985edb187a6a9840bb2906f3d4eff356 a1787082985edb187a6a9840bb2906f3d4eff356
Re: Ichneumon behaviour? 2 months ago by unarmadillo unarmadillo
Re: What is this? 2 months ago by habdab habdab
Is this a Chalcidoid? 2 months ago by a1787082985edb187a6a9840bb2906f3d4eff356 a1787082985edb187a6a9840bb2906f3d4eff356
Re: Large black & white wasp? 3 months ago by MikeHardman MikeHardman
Re: pear slug sawfly? 6 months ago by Lucanus123 Lucanus123
Re: Ichneumon ID? 8 months ago by flecc flecc
Re: ID of this huge wasp please 10 months ago by jaguarondi jaguarondi
Re: Help identifying this monster! 10 months ago by Cheryl Cheryl
Re: Ichneumon id? 1 year ago by flecc flecc
Re: Common Wasp (Vespula vulgaris) - queen and drone mating - which is which ? 1 year ago by Happy Days Happy Days
Re: vespa crabro vexator 1 year ago by Florin - Museum ID team Florin - Museum ID team
Re: Is this a type of Wasp? 1 year ago by CaptainRGK CaptainRGK
Ichneumon ID help please 1 year ago by AndrewSlack AndrewSlack
Re: What sort of hornet is this? 1 year ago by flecc flecc
Re: Is this Mellinus arvensis? 1 year ago by David Buckingham David Buckingham
Re: Unusual wasp activity 1 year ago by Mikdakin Mikdakin
Wasp ID please 1 year ago by GeoDave GeoDave
Re: Unidentified Wasp like bug 1 year ago by AmandaB AmandaB
Re: Help with identity 1 year ago by RuthF RuthF
Re: Please could you help me identify this beautiful creature...found in Peterborough UK. 1 year ago by Nikk Nikk
Re: can you please identify this wasp/hornet 1 year ago by jaguarondi jaguarondi
Re: What is this wasp 1 year ago by DavidA DavidA
Re: We have a small wasp problem. 1 year ago by Steve Jelf Steve Jelf
Re: Oak Gall? Will it damage oak seedling? 1 year ago by Mary Mary

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