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European Paper Wasp; Avispa Cartonera

Polistes dominula


Very common of social wasp of Europe. It has a black body with yellow stains. It can reach 2 cm long. The abdomen is long with a very narrow waist. Although it is often mistaken for a yellow jacket, it is easy to identify by the orange antennae. At the end of the abdomen it has a sting with very toxic venom but it shows very low aggressivity. It is a eusocial wasp. The nests are constructed of paper fabricated from cellulose from tree bark.


Back garden of country house


Camera Model: NIKON D300. Exposure Time: 1/400 sec.; f/10; ISO Speed Rating: 400. Exposure Bias: 0 EV. Focal Length: 300.0 mm. No flash fired

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Spotted on Aug 3, 2015
Submitted on Oct 23, 2015

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