The European Wasp is native to Europe, North Africa and temperate Asia but not Australia. Its first recorded sighting in Australia was in 1959. The first nest destroyed in South Australia was in Port Adelaide in 1978. The European Wasp is now well established in metropolitan Adelaide and has reached some country areas.
The European Wasp is most easily identifiable by its bright yellow body and triangular markings on the abdomen.
European Wasps are attracted to sweet foods and meat which is why they are commonly a nuisance at outdoor eating venues and barbeques.
If a European Wasp is aggravated it may sting. Unlike the bee, a European Wasp can sting multiple times. It is important not to aggravate a European Wasp, but if left undisturbed the European Wasp is not aggressive to humans or other animals.
If a nest is disturbed, the wasps release a chemical which triggers the wasps to defend the nest. Do not disturb nests - contact your Council or pest control operator.
If you consider you have a European Wasp nest on your property, contact Council for identification.
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