Vespula germanica & Vespula vulgaris
Adult wasps are 15 to 20 mm long, with two pairs of wings. They have a characteristic narrow waist between abdomen and thorax, transverse black and bright yellow bands on the abdomen and a sting.
German wasp Vespula germanica: The nest is usually found underground in disused rodent runs located always in shady areas. Occasionally the German wasp may nest above ground.
Common wasp Vespula vulgaris: Usually nests in tree cavities, buildings and occasionally underground. There are several other species of similar wasps. The tree wasps (Dolichovespula spp.) build nests that hang from branches of trees.
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