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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: Ichneumon ID? 1 month ago by flecc flecc
Re: ID of this huge wasp please 3 months ago by jaguarondi jaguarondi
Re: Help identifying this monster! 3 months ago by Cheryl Cheryl
Re: Ichneumon id? 4 months ago by flecc flecc
Re: Common Wasp (Vespula vulgaris) - queen and drone mating - which is which ? 4 months ago by Happy Days Happy Days
Re: vespa crabro vexator 5 months ago by Florin - Museum ID team Florin - Museum ID team
Re: Is this a type of Wasp? 5 months ago by CaptainRGK CaptainRGK
Ichneumon ID help please 5 months ago by AndrewSlack AndrewSlack
Re: What sort of hornet is this? 6 months ago by flecc flecc
Re: Is this Mellinus arvensis? 6 months ago by David Buckingham David Buckingham
Re: Unusual wasp activity 6 months ago by Mikdakin Mikdakin
Wasp ID please 6 months ago by GeoDave GeoDave
Re: Unidentified Wasp like bug 6 months ago by AmandaB AmandaB
Re: Help with identity 7 months ago by RuthF RuthF
Re: Please could you help me identify this beautiful creature...found in Peterborough UK. 7 months ago by Nikk Nikk
Re: can you please identify this wasp/hornet 7 months ago by jaguarondi jaguarondi
Re: What is this wasp 7 months ago by DavidA DavidA
Re: We have a small wasp problem. 8 months ago by Steve Jelf Steve Jelf
Re: Oak Gall? Will it damage oak seedling? 8 months ago by Mary Mary
Re: Please help me identify 8 months ago by AmandaB AmandaB
Re: What is this? 8 months ago by Florin - Museum ID team Florin - Museum ID team
Chrysis sp. 8 months ago by Phelsuma Phelsuma
Re: Identification Please. 9 months ago by jaguarondi jaguarondi
Re: I.D. Help Please - Common or Tree Wasp? 1 year ago by Florin - Museum ID team Florin - Museum ID team
Re: Hornet attack 1 year ago by Barrybloke Barrybloke
Re: Ichneumon wasp query from north Cumbrian coast 1 year ago by Florin - Museum ID team Florin - Museum ID team
Re: wasp thing 1 year ago by haggis haggis
Re: Can anyone tell me what it is? Thanks SG 1 year ago by SG SG
Wasp for ID please 1 year ago by TORCROSS TORCROSS
Re: Ident please, of this wasp[?] 1 year ago by RMLS RMLS



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