A medium-sized wasp with a body length of 12-17mm. It has a black and yellow body pattern and looks very similar to the European paper wasp (Polistes dominulus). The antennae are black. These are social wasps and they construct paper-like nests in trees, roof eaves, under rock overhangs and sometimes in underground burrows.

Additional Info

  • Common name: European wasp
  • Scientific name: Vespula germanica
  • Where does this species come from: Europe
  • What is its invasive status in South Africa: NEMBA 1b
  • Where in South Africa is it a problem: Western Cape Province, particularly in the vicinity of Cape Town.
  • How does it spread: Breeding colonies disperse to new areas.
  • Why is it a problem: This exotic wasp can compete against indigenous species and is also a threat to hikers, gardeners and the like, as they may sting if they feel threatened.
  • What does it look like: Description: A medium-sized wasp with a body length of 12-17mm. It has a black and yellow body pattern and looks very similar to the European paper wasp (Polistes dominulus). The antennae are black. Habitat: These are social wasps and they construct paper-like nests in trees, roof eaves, under rock overhangs and sometimes in underground burrows. Breeding: Nest communally and females lay their eggs in the paper nests.

Source: http://www.invasives.org.za

European paper wasp – Polistes dominulus