British Wasps

British Wasps on Wild About Britain include the latest UK wasp news, hundreds of British wasp images in our photo gallery, lots of wasp conversations in the insect forums, a directory of wasp-related organisations and websites, as well as a big reference encyclopedia with information on UK species from the Queen Median and Ruby-tail Wasp, the Sand Digger and Spider-hunting Wasps

Encyclopedia of British Wasps

Common Name Scientific Name Description
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

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

Sand Digger Wasp Ammophila sabulosa

It has a very narrow 'waist'.
Flies from May-August.

Identification of British Wasps

Andricus kollari
Vespula germanica
Andricus lignicola
Ophion luteus