Red Wasp Vespula rufa Queen (Berneray & North Uist)

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Description
Vespula rufa usually has rufous markings on the first and second abdominal segments (coupled with the pattern of black markings) and these are diagnostic of the species.
Habitat
Often seen on flowers.
When to see it
Summer and autumn.
Life History
A ground nesting species.
UK Status
Widespread and fairly frequent in Britain.

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You can just make out a little bit of the reddish rusty colour on the abdomen in the top photo

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