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.

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.