Vespula vulgaris

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Vespula vulgaris (Linnaeus) - (English wasp)

The wasp is native in the Palearctic region but has invaded several other regions like South America and Australia. It has been into New Zealand in the 1920s and has reached high population densities there in beech forests. This could be related to the presence of abundant honeydew in that environment. Due to the abundant wasps, native birds and insects have less honeydew available and the wasp also preys on insects, probably competing with insectivorous birds. Further, it is a predator of honey bees.

Vernacular names
• Deutsch: gemeine Wespe
• English: English wasp
common wasp
• Español: avispa común
• Français: guêpe commune


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