Median Wasp

Dolichovespula media


Body length 15 - 22mm. The best way to tell this species from the other similar wasps is to look for the yellow 'tick' marks on the black thorax. These wasps are frequently much darker than other species and have a yellow face, with a central black line.


They build nests in trees and bushes along hedgerows or in gardens or woodland edge.

Status and distribution

Fairly common and widespread in southern Britain. Common in Nottinghamshire and at Netherfield Lagoons.

Best time to see

June to October.