Vespula germanica

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Vespula germanica (Fabricius, 1799) - (German yellowjacket)

The wasp is native in the Palearctic region but has invaded various other regions, see map below. It is a serious pest of humans, cattle and also honeybees in many parts of the world, especially in areas where it has been introduced. In addition, it negatively affects the ecosystem.

Synonyms:
Paravespula germanica
Vespa germanica

Vernacular names
• Deutsch: deutsche Wespe
• English: German yellowjacket
European wasp
• Español: avispa germánica
• Français: guêpe européenne


For details see the respective page in Wikipedia.