|The German wasp (Vespula germanica) is of the family Vespidae and of the subfamily Vespinae. They are found in Europe, large parts of Asia and some areas in Africa. The German wasp is a colony building insect. |
|...orldwide, 11 species of which can be found in Central Europe. Some examples of species found in Central Europe are: the hornet (Vespa crabro), Dolichovespula sylvestris, Dolichovespula omissa, Vespula rufa, the common wasp (Vespula vulgaris) and the German wasp (Vespula germanica). |
|...ch are almost identical. In some species the wings are much smaller and in others the larger pair of wings is missing. A notable characteristic of the adult insect is the elongation of the mouth parts; this has earned it the name „Schnabelfliege“ in German (Schnabel = beak ; Fliege = fly).
The larvae look like caterpillars, but have real legs on the chest and abdomen segments. A fork placed on the last abdomen segment also serves the movement of the larvae.
Some examples of Mecoptera are: snow s...|
|Myathropa florea is a species of the family hoverflies (Syrphidae). This species is called "Totenkopffliege" (skull fly) in German, because of the marking on the mesonotum which resembles a skull and therefore makes it unmistakable. |
|The German wasp nests underground. Construction begins in spring. The wasps often nest in spaces previously used by other animals which are then expanded. The colony usually comprises 3000 to 4000 animals. Even nests of 7000 wasps are not uncommon. The nests c...|
|The German wasp is found in almost every kind of landscape and can be an annoyance to humans at autumn time. Its favorite environments are forest edges with high bushes and perennials.|