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The common wasp, Vespula vulgaris, is found in much of Eurasia and has been introduced to Australia and New Zealand.
The common wasp is a eusocial vespid which builds its grey paper nest in or on a structure capable of supporting it. Underground, it often uses an abandoned mammal hole as a foundation for the site which is then enlarged by the workers. The foundress queen may also select a hollow tree, wall cavity or rock crevice for a nest site.
Spotted in a old bridge.