Tree Wasp - Dolichovespula sylvestris


    Length 22 mm. The face of this species is usually clear yellow with one dot. Antennae yellow right at the base. Thorax with hairs at the sides and two yellow spots at the rear.

    Identification difficulty

    Hedgerows and meadows.

    When to see it

    May to August.

    Life History

    Can be very aggressive. It builds its nest in trees and bushes as well as underground. Adults forage flowers such as Wild Angelica, Water Figwort and Rosebay Willowherb.

    UK Status

    Locally common and fairly widespread throughout Britain.

    VC55 Status

    Fairly common in Leicestershire and Rutland.

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

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