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.
Often seen on flowers.
Summer and autumn.
A ground nesting species.
Widespread and fairly frequent in Britain.
Status in Leicestershire and Rutland not known.
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