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

 

Worker
Mid May 2017
Knocklofty Reserve, Hobart/ nipaluna

Worker
Mid June 2017
Knocklofty Reserve, Hobart/ nipaluna

Worker
Late February 2009
Howrah

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

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.
   

Early July 2011
Knocklofty Reserve, Hobart/ nipaluna

Late June 2017
Knocklofty Reserve, Hobart/ nipaluna
   

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

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

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

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

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