Sunday, 18 November 2012

Male social wasp

A wander off-piste into leaf litter near Putnoe Wood today was rewarded with finding a male social wasp basking in the warm sunshine. It was certainly a male because it had 7 segments on the gaster and 13 segments in the antennae, but I now have cold feet abour my original ID of Dolichovespula media. I'm not convinced that the gap between the mandible and eye is large enough for Dolichovesula, and can't see a pronotal ridge, so I'm now leaning towards a Vespula sp., possibly V.vulgaris? Can anyone help with a certain ID please?

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