The Common Wasp (Vespula vulgaris) is an insect. It is also known as the European Wasp or the Common Yellow-Jacket. It is a vespid.
The Common Wasp has a black and yellow banded body with black dots and markings on its abdomen. It has yellow legs. Worker wasps have a stinger at the end of their tail. It can sting multiple times because the stinger stays in the body (the stinger of bees comes out of the body when the bee stings an animal, so it can only sting once). It has large black eyes and black antennae.
It grows to about 3 centimetres (1 inch) long.
The Common Wasp is found in many regions, such as Europe, Asia, and Australia. It lives in a wide range of habitats, such as grasslands, forests, gardens, and fruit orchards.
It eats insects, such as beetles.
The queen wasp makes a grey-coloured paper nest in a tree hollow or wall cavity. She lays 200-300 eggs each day for 24 days. The eggs hatch after about 5-7 days to produce a colony of 3,000-8,000 larvae (grubs). Worker wasps look after the young larvae until they metamorphose into adult wasps.
The average life span of an adult Common Wasp is about 14 days.
Photographer: Martina Nicolls
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