Vespula vulgaris

common wasp

The Common Wasp - Vespula vulgaris

The Most Common British Wasp

The Common Wasp - FAQ's

Key Features:

Length: 15 - 20mm long

Body: Black and yellow No black spots on its back

Face: Has an anchor shape on its face

Nest: Likes to nest in hollows in trees or in the ground etc with 3000 - 50000+ individuals

The Common Wasp is, as you would expect, by far the most commonly encountered British wasp. The Common Wasp is found in Bristol and throughout the northern hemisphere, and has been introduced to countries in the southern hemisphere such as Australia and New Zealand.

The Common Wasp likes to nest in hollows such as those in trees, walls, buildings or in the terrain itself, including those created by rodents and other similar mammals.

Many homes now have bike sheds and other smaller storage units in the garden that also prove particularly good locations for the Common Wasp to nest. The danger here is that in late spring when people go into the garden for the first time, they open the shed not realising that a nest has been built across the door frame, and split the nest in half and get swarmed.

the common wasp

Nests in Cavities may be enlarged over many months to accommodate the growing nest. Another common nest site for this wasp include loft spaces, under floor spaces via air bricks and another very dangerous location is compost bins.

At maturity the nest will hold anything from 5000 - 50000+ individuals as the Common wasp produces some of the very largest and thus most dangerous nests of any native paper wasp.

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