Did you know that the most commonly encountered species of wasps in the UK fall into three distinct groups?
The Vespula family – those wasps that make their nests in cavity voids, airbricks, holes in the ground, lofts, garden sheds etc
The Dolichovespula family – these species of wasp make their nests in aerial sites, in nearly all cases suspended from the branches of trees and shrubs, from ground level to a height of several metres. The surrounding foliage usually hides a nest and protects it from rain and direct sunlight.
Vespa crabro (The hornet) – the hornet is by far the largest in size. Nests are usually in aerial situations, particularly inside hollow trees, but also in attics and outhouses.