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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: I.D. Help Please - Common or Tree Wasp? 5 months ago by Florin - Museum ID team Florin - Museum ID team
Re: Hornet attack 5 months ago by Barrybloke Barrybloke
Re: Ichneumon wasp query from north Cumbrian coast 5 months ago by Florin - Museum ID team Florin - Museum ID team
Please help me identify 7 months ago by plantain plantain
Re: wasp thing 7 months ago by haggis haggis
Re: Can anyone tell me what it is? Thanks SG 7 months ago by SG SG
Wasp for ID please 8 months ago by TORCROSS TORCROSS
Re: Ident please, of this wasp[?] 8 months ago by RMLS RMLS
Re: Anyone know what this wasp is? 8 months ago by Florin - Museum ID team Florin - Museum ID team
Is this a digger wasp 9 months ago by DJW DJW
Re: What is this? It had a huge sting 9 months ago by bombuslucorum - Museum ID team bombuslucorum  - Museum ID team
Is this a wasp? 9 months ago by GrahamPD GrahamPD
Yellow Paper Wasp in UK? 10 months ago by Pweda Pweda
Re: Giant Wasp in Scotland? 10 months ago by Leo Leo
Re: Identification of this large, solitary wasp, please 11 months ago by Tony Martin Tony Martin
Re: Any idea about this monster.. 11 months ago by Hippychris Hippychris
Parasitic Wasp ID Please? 1 year ago by Higgy Higgy
Re: Mystery wasp like insect 1 year ago by MikeHardman MikeHardman
Re: help!wasps 1 year ago by jaguarondi jaguarondi
Re: Wasp help please 1 year ago by jaguarondi jaguarondi
Striped wasp-type insects in my living room! 1 year ago by Wightbug Wightbug
Re: Wasps in a fencepost 1 year ago by foxylad foxylad
Re: Identify this wasp-like insect in my bathroom 5+ years 1 year ago by MikeHardman MikeHardman
Re: I'd be grateful for help with the ID of this ? Ectemnius spp 1 year ago by Florin - Museum ID team Florin - Museum ID team
Re: Is this a gall wasp? 1 year ago by Florin - Museum ID team Florin - Museum ID team
Re: Wasp ID 1 year ago by MikeHardman MikeHardman
Re: What is this wasp? 1 year ago by ChrisE ChrisE
Re: Wendy 1 year ago by Wendy Wendy
Re: Weird type of fly: Photo ID 1 year ago by RMC65 RMC65
Re: What is this bug? 1 year ago by habdab habdab

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