The wasp is a social insect and will usually have colonies of many individuals.
Removing a wasp nest can be very dangerous. Wasps inside the nest will feel threatened and often become aggressive. This could cause them to sting you and others as they defend their nest and young. Unlike honey bees, wasps often are capable of stinging multiple times.
Workers - 12-15 mm long - bright yellow with black markings, black antennae and mostly yellow legs.
They build a ‘paper’ nest from saliva mixed with wood fibres which grows over summer to football size. The nest is nearly always concealed, often underground or in a roof or wall cavity, and by the end of summer may house several thousand wasps.
There are many different species of Australian mud wasps - They vary in size and colour but are often all black or black with orange or yellow bands or markings.
They build nests of mud or 'clay'. Sometimes they attach nests to rock faces, tree trunks or buildings. Others build inside cavities, such as holes in tree trunks or machinery and in infrequently used taps and pipes.
They are slender with long thin wings. They are 10-15 millimetres long, tan in colour with darker bands and some yellow on the face. Other species of paper wasps are larger or smaller and differently coloured.
They build nests of grey papery material around the home often under eaves, pergolas or in vegetation. The nests are cone-shaped, becoming round as more cells are added.
Nests are exposed and suspended by a short stalk under an overhang, often on a pergola, the eaves of a roof or in a shrub or tree.
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