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Bees, Wasps and Ants

The familar yellow and black insect of the garden. There are many varieties difficult to distinguish between. The group includes the hornet.

The information about this group of species has been organised into reports, charts, maps and photos. Click a pic below to see the detail:

Distribution Map Some Charts Some Photographs Sites List Records List Original Tweets Guidance Notes

Large Velvet Ant

Mutilla europaea
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A very rare flightless wasp very occasionally found on the heaths of Dorset


Photo by:
Lynda Lambert

Median Wasp

Dolichovespula media
Photo by:
Ian Andrews


Vespa crabo
Click species photo for details of this species:

A decreasing member of the wasp family found mainly in woodland settings.


German Wasp

Vespula germanica
Photo by:
Kevin Barber

Common Wasp

Vespula vulgaris
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Well known by everyone and a particular 'pest' in the autumn.


Photo by:
Peter Orchard