© Stuart M Bennett 2003
Vespula rufa
(The Red Wasp)

Face has a thick black vertical line, sometimes forming an anchor like mark, and the malar space is very short. The antennae are black at the base and there are only two yellow spots on the thorax. Tibiae without long hairs but the 1st abdominal segment has long black hairs which are often distinctly red. It builds a subterranean nest covered in more or less smooth sheets. It can be seen in all of Europe though is quite rare in the south.

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