What is a wasp and what it's not?

The Vespula Vulgaris is the most common wasp local to the UK.   

This insect has 4 noticeable features:

  • Yellow Legs.

  • Bright Yellow and black strips.

  • Relatively quiet when flying. (noise would generally indicate Bees and not Wasps)

  • Narrow Waist.

The queen of this species finishes her hibernation cycle in early spring, around March. She will then fly from her present location to a suitable location for her first nest of the season.

Having scavenged the local area for suitable building materials, such as wood and foliage, she will start building her nest. Soon afterward she will produce worker (drones) wasps that will finish building the nest for her. During this period, wasps can be found stripping wood off fences and facia boards.  

Very often, individuals will think they have a "wasp problem" when in fact it is another species of flying insect that has a likeness to the Vespula.

Chrysotoxum festivum is a hoverfly that closely mimics the wasps color and shape.   

The wasp has a very narrow waist.

Hornets, a member of the wasp family, are orange and much larger but look very similar to the wasp.




European Hornet

The hoverfly does have a narrow waist.

We do not currently treat cluster flies of any kind.



Some species of bee look like the common wasp.

They will fly very similarly and also have similar markings and colours, such as the honey bee.


Bumble bee


Honey Bee

The simplest way to identify the difference are the 4 main features of the wasp, noted above.
We can discuss with you the possible solutions to a bee problem just by ringing us. There are no laws against the removal of bees but there are some pieces of legislation to abide by when dealing with Honey Bees.
Alternatively, contact a bee keeper.
We have provided a link to help you find local bee keepers in your Area:  South Yorkshire Bee Keepers list