European Paper Wasp Polistes dominula

European Paper Wasp
European Paper Wasp
European Paper Wasp
The European Paper Wasp is common over much of Europe, North Africa and north Asia. Formerly only a rare vagrant, it is a recent entrant to the UK resident population.
Polistes dominula thorax and abdomen
Polistes dominula face
Polistes dominula
A slim wasp, it has an extended thorax with distinctive yellow markings at front and back, a yellow and black striped abdomen, orange antennae and a yellow face (black face marks can vary).
European Paper Wasp flight style
European Paper Wasp in flight
European Paper Wasp in flight
The flight style is also distinctive, with the long hind legs trailing down behind.
European Paper Wasp
European Paper Wasp
European Paper Wasp
Also sometimes called the Dominula Paper Wasp to distinguish it from the very similar Gallicus Paper Wasp Polistes gallicus
European Paper Wasp
European Paper Wasp
Like all Paper Wasps, they are social species making a layered, communal nest of chewed wood.