German wasp queen
This queen german wasp (Vespula germanica) has fairly unusual markings on the clypeus (yellow plate just above the madibles). Normally german wasps have three dots on the clypeus, but this one has two dots and a longer vertical mark. This longer black mark is similar in some ways to that found on the common wasp (Vespula vulgaris), but in this case the completely yellow gena (area on the side of the head just behind the eye) confirm this as a german wasp. (The common wasp has black markings on the gena.)
Technical Information: Photographed with a Minolta Dimage Z1.|
Copyright Richard Burkmar 2004. Permission is hereby granted for anyone to use this image for non-commercial purposes which are of benefit to the natural environment. School pupils, students, teachers and educators are invited to use and reproduce the image freely. The photographer should be credited where practicable. Use for commercial purposes is prohibited unless permission is obtained from the copyright holder.|
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