Two female paper wasps in a wasps' nest


Wasps of the vespidae family contain all the social wasps and many of the solitary species. Familar examples from this family include the common wasp (Vespula vulgaris) and the hornet. The bold black and yellow markings of some aggressive species has been copied in nature by other insects to warn off potential predators, this is known as Batesian mimicry.

Scientific name: Vespidae

Rank: Family

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