EUROPEAN PAPER WASP FACTS
The European Paper Wasp is a black and yellow striped wasp with distinctive orange antennae. It is slightly longer than a honeybee. The European Paper Wasp is often confused with the European wasp (Vespula germanica), but there are some significant differences between the species: (a) The European Paper Wasp has a more slender body and longer hind legs which trail behind it in flight; (b) European Paper Wasp fly fairly slowly and hover while European Wasps fly swiftly; (c) European Wasps have all black antennae while European Paper Wasp have orange antennae with black base.
Yellow Paper Wasp
feeds mainly on invertebrates, especially Lepidoptera species.
builds a paper nest, usually hanging downwards with open cells on the bottom. The nests are often built under eaves or in outbuildings.
The Yellow Paper wasp was first found in Western Australia at Fremantle in 1977. Since then it has become established throughout metropolitan areas of south west Western Australia.
|Common Name:||European Paper Wasp|
Relatives in same Genus
Common Paper Wasp (P. humilis)
Paper Wasp (P. unknown species)
Tropical Paper Wasp (P. stigma)