Vespula germanica (German Wasp)

The Queens are about twice the size of the workers.  Workers (infertile females) have shorter antennae and 6 abdominal segments.  Drones (males) are long, have  a longer abdomen with 7 segments and long antennae that can curve backwards.

German Wasp Vespula germanica  Worker
Late May 2010
Knocklofty Reserve, Hobart/ nipaluna
Identification thanks to Allan Phillips.  Photo KE

 

Worker
Mid May 2017
Knocklofty Reserve, Hobart/ nipaluna
Photo KE

Worker
Mid June 2017
Knocklofty Reserve, Hobart/ nipaluna
Photo KE

Worker
Late February 2009
Howrah
Photo KE

Worker
Mid February 2013
Knocklofty Reserve, Hobart
Removing the inedible parts of a honeybee
Photo KE

Late February 2018
Knocklofty Reserve, Hobart/ nipaluna
Killing and then starting to remove the wings of a blowfly.  The fly was almost as large as the wasp.
Photo KE
   

Early July 2011
Knocklofty Reserve, Hobart/ nipaluna
Photo KE

Late June 2017
Knocklofty Reserve, Hobart/ nipaluna
Photo KE
     

Surviving a mild winter
Late July 2019
Knocklofty Reserve, Hobart/ nipaluna
Photo KE

Early April 2021
Knocklofty Reserve, Hobart/ nipaluna
Photo KE
IMG 9259  IMG 9261  IMG 9263  IMG 9266

Collecting fibre.  There were fights amongst wasps for this patch.
Early April 2021
Lenah Valley
Photo KE
IMG 9268  IMG 9269

Drone?
Mid May 2021
Knocklofty Reserve, Hobart/nipaluna
Photo KE
IMG 9572  IMG 9575  IMG 9577

Overwintering queen found under bark (and subsequently killed due to its potential environmental impact).
Late June 2023
Native Point Nature Reserve, Windemere
Photo KE

Invasive Queen Vespula wasp found under bark. It was covered in fungal type spores.

Trapped in a water bowl
Mid March 2024
nipaluna/Hobart
Photos KE
IMG 0220  IMG 0222

References

Manaaki Whenua – Landcare Research: Workers, Queens and Drones.  https://www.landcareresearch.co.nz/science/plants-animals-fungi/animals/invertebrates/invasive-invertebrates/wasps/identification/workers-queens-and-drones. Accessed 29/6/19