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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: help!wasps 2 weeks ago by jaguarondi jaguarondi
Re: Wasp help please 1 month ago by jaguarondi jaguarondi
Striped wasp-type insects in my living room! 2 months ago by Wightbug Wightbug
Re: Wasps in a fencepost 2 months ago by foxylad foxylad
Re: Identify this wasp-like insect in my bathroom 5+ years 2 months ago by MikeHardman MikeHardman
Re: I'd be grateful for help with the ID of this ? Ectemnius spp 2 months ago by Florin - Museum ID team Florin - Museum ID team
Re: Is this a gall wasp? 2 months ago by Florin - Museum ID team Florin - Museum ID team
Re: Wasp ID 3 months ago by MikeHardman MikeHardman
Re: What is this wasp? 4 months ago by ChrisE ChrisE
Re: Wendy 5 months ago by Wendy Wendy
Re: Weird type of fly: Photo ID 6 months ago by RMC65 RMC65
Re: What is this bug? 8 months ago by habdab habdab
Sawfly Id Please? 6 months ago by Higgy Higgy
This parasitic wasp is bugging me!?... 6 months ago by Higgy Higgy
Re: 3 cm long hornet in london, any idea on type? 6 months ago by habdab habdab
Re: Is this a wasp ? 6 months ago by jaguarondi jaguarondi
Re: An amazing ichneumon 6 months ago by MikeHardman MikeHardman
Re: Deep fried wasp or hornet? 7 months ago by Florin - Museum ID team Florin - Museum ID team
Re: Is this a wasp? 8 months ago by Florin - Museum ID team Florin - Museum ID team
Re: Help with identifying this insect. 8 months ago by RobW RobW
Re: Help with identifying this insect. 8 months ago by jjukes21 jjukes21
Re: Help with identifying this insect. 8 months ago by MikeHardman MikeHardman
Re: Identification of this hornet-like insect, please 8 months ago by Tony Martin Tony Martin
Re: Help to I.D. Wasp Please. 9 months ago by Warrener Warrener
Re: what wasp 10 months ago by jaguarondi jaguarondi
Re: Black Wasp with white spot ID Required 11 months ago by Florin - Museum ID team Florin - Museum ID team
Vespula 11 months ago by abm abm
Re: Can anyone help me ID this large Brown Wasp? 11 months ago by Lewis Lewis
Re: wasp id please 1 year ago by Alan Alan
Re: A Big Ichneumon 1 year ago by rhossilian rhossilian

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