oa Journal of the Entomological Society of Southern Africa - The European wasp, Vespula germanica (F.), in the Cape Peninsula

Volume 38, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0013-8789



A worker of Vesputa germanica was collected in Cape Town. Indications are that this species has been present for at least two years in the Cape Peninsula. Vespula germanica has also been reported from the Australian region where, because of the milder climate, it can overwinter as a colony. In Europe only fertilised queens overwinter. The only economic threat posed by this species is its destruction, by robbing, of weak beehives and the nuisance caused in recreation areas in autumn. The application of insecticides to nests and the use of artificial lures and baits have proved successful in reducing field populations in New Zealand and the United States of America.

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