The Red Wasp
The Red Wasp: Vespula rufa
An elusive wasp, not fond of sweet things
The Red Wasp (Vespula rufa) FAQ's
This species is 11 - 18 mm long and found across much of the UK where it prefers rural environments. Unlike other wasps this species tends to represent less of a nuisance and health risk to humans as it does not scavenge for meat and the adults feed on nectar.
This is quite elusive, and we rarely see them. We had one nest in 2008 and nothing since. Lets hope this year will be different.
The adults Face has a thick black vertical line, sometimes forming an anchor like mark, a feature it shares with its relative V. vulgaris.
Another feature of this species is that the malar space is very short.
The antennae are black at the base and there are only two yellow spots on the thorax.
Tibiae without long hairs but the 1st abdominal segment has long black hairs and the rufous markings are characteristic in the first and second abdominal segments.
It builds a subterranean nest covered in more or less smooth sheet.
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