Red Wasp - Vespula rufa


    Vespula rufa usually has rufous markings on the first and second abdominal segments (coupled with the pattern of black markings) and these are diagnostic of the species.

    Identification difficulty

    Often seen on flowers.

    When to see it

    Summer and autumn.

    Life History

    A ground nesting species.

    UK Status

    Widespread and fairly frequent in Britain.

    VC55 Status

    Status in Leicestershire and Rutland not known.

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    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

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    Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
    Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

    UK Map