Face of the common wasp
This shot of a queen common wasp (Vespula vulgaris) shows the characteristic 'anchor' mark on the face (the clypeus) which is the best way of distinguishing this species from the equally common german wasp (Vespula germanica). This mark is similar to that on the face of the red wasp (Vespula rufa), but this species can be fairly easily distinguished by the colouration and markings on the abdomen.
Technical Information: Photographed with a Minolta Dimage Z1.|
Copyright Richard Burkmar 2006. 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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