Median Wasp Dolichovespula media

Median Wasp
Median Wasp
The Median Wasp is the largest wasp in the UK after the Hornet. It is a variable European wasp. The patterns and colours of the wasps' abdomens vary considerably. There is usually some reddish colouring in the yellow bar on the thorax and/or on the first segment of the abdomen.
Median Waspnest
Median Wasp Nest
Median Wasps, like other "paper wasps," chew wood to a pulp and compress it to form their intricate, layered nest. The one above was in brambles at RSPB Rye Meads Nature Reserve.