The Common Wasp has a similar appearance to the German wasp but it also includes a noticeable black 'anchor' mark when the head is looked at front-on.
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|Common Name||Scientific Name||Description|
|Ruby-tailed Wasp||Chrysis ignita||
The Ruby-tailed Wasp is a relatively small wasp with a shiny green head and thorax, and a ruby-... more
|Field Digger Wasp||Mellinus arvensis||
The Field Digger Wasp has typical yellow and black colouring of all true wasps, but a more... more
|Common Wasp||Vespula vulgaris||
The Common Wasp has a similar appearance to the German wasp but it also includes a noticeable... more
|German Wasp||Vespula germanica||
Similar in appearance to the Common Wasp, the German Wasp has three tell-tale black dots on its... more
|Sand Digger Wasp||Ammophila sabulosa||
It has a very narrow 'waist'.