Vespa bicolor

Species: Vespa bicolor

English Name: Common Wasp, Black Shield Wasp

Chinese Name: 雙色胡蜂

Family: Vespidae

Description:

This small wasp can be easily distinguished by his bright yellow coloration and a black triangular patch on the thorax. The legs are yellow and the antennae are black. The abdomen may display black stripes. The nest has 25-35 cm in diameter and is almost spherical with arc-shaped overlapping layers on the outer envelope. It can be found in high trees, tree holes, under rocky ledges and underground.

© 2009 Kenny Fung

© 2009 Kenny Fung

© 2009 Kenny Fung

© 2009 Kenny Fung

© 2005 Charles Lam

© 2005 Charles Lam

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References:

- Easton, E. R. (1993). The insects of Macau. Macau: University of Macau Publications Centre.