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Vespula germanica (European wasp)

Synonyms: Vespa macularis

Wikipedia Abstract

Vespula germanica (European wasp, German wasp, or German yellowjacket) is a species of wasp found in much of the Northern Hemisphere, native to Europe, Northern Africa, and temperate Asia. It has been introduced and is well-established in many other places, including North America, South America (Argentina and Chile), Australia, and New Zealand.
View Wikipedia Record: Vespula germanica

Invasive Species

Vespula germanica, commonly known as the German or European wasp, is a social wasp species. In introduced regions, where it is often more successful than in its native range, it efficiently exploits important food resources, such as nectar and insects, that native fauna may depend on. V. germanica displays many characteristics that make a species a successful invader and a new colony can be established from a single inseminated female.
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Ecosystems

Prey / Diet

Chamelaucium uncinatum (Geraldton wax)[1]
Heracleum sphondylium subsp. granatense[2]
Mesembrina meridiana (Mid-day Fly)[2]
Tanacetum bipinnatum subsp. bipinnatum (Tansy)[2]

Predators

Andrenosoma atrum <Unverified Name>[3]
Andrenosoma bayardi[3]
Dasypogon diadema[3]
Lanius collurio (Red-backed Shrike)[4]
Megaphorus clausicellus[3]
Molobratia teutonus[3]
Neoitamus bulbus[3]
Pernis apivorus (European Honey Buzzard)[2]
Proctacanthus philadelphicus[3]
Satanas gigas[3]
Sorex araneus (Eurasian shrew)[2]
Tachyglossus aculeatus (Short-beaked Echidna)[5]
Talpa europaea (European Mole)[2]

Consumers

Pollinator of 
Alstroemeria aurea (Peruvian-lily)[6]
Ambrosia trifida (Texan great ragweed)[7]
Asclepias incarnata (rose milkweed)[7]
Bidens aristosa (bearded beggarticks)[7]
Cicuta maculata (poison parsnip)[7]
Crataegus mollis (Downy Hawthorn)[7]
Digitalis purpurea (purple foxglove)[6]
Epilobium angustifolium subsp. angustifolium (Rosebay Willowherb)[1]
Erechthites hieracifolia <Unverified Name>[7]
Eupatorium perfoliatum (Common Boneset)[7]
Eupatorium serotinum (late boneset)[7]
Fallopia scandens (climbing false buckwheat)[7]
Helenium autumnale (common sneezeweed)[7]
Heracleum sphondylium var. nipponicum (cow parsnip)[7]
Jamesia americana (cliff Jamesia)[1]
Mertensia sibirica[1]
Monarda fistulosa (mintleaf beebalm)[1]
Mutisia decurrens[6]
Penstemon glaber (sawsepal penstemon)[1]
Penstemon secundiflorus (sidebells penstemon)[1]
Persicaria amphibia (water knotweed)[7]
Persicaria bicornis (Pennsylvania knotweed)[7]
Physocarpus opulifolius (common ninebark)[1]
Praxelis diffusa[7]
Salix amygdaloides (peachleaf willow)[7]
Scrophularia marilandica (maryland figwort)[7]
Sicyos angulatus (bur cucumber)[7]
Sium suave (hemlock water-parsnip)[7]
Solidago altissima subsp. altissima (Canada goldenrod)[7]
Strophostyles helvola[7]
Symphyotrichum lateriflorum (Side-flowering Aster)[7]
Symphyotrichum pilosum (Frost Aster)[7]
Symphyotrichum undulatum (wavyleaf aster)[7]
Tanacetum bipinnatum subsp. bipinnatum (Tansy)[2]
Tepualia stipularis[1]
Thymelaea hirsuta[1]

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Citations

Attributes / relations provided by
1Jorrit H. Poelen, James D. Simons and Chris J. Mungall. (2014). Global Biotic Interactions: An open infrastructure to share and analyze species-interaction datasets. Ecological Informatics.
2Ecology of Commanster
3Predator-Prey Database for the family Asilidae (Hexapoda: Diptera) Prepared by Dr. Robert Lavigne, Professor Emeritus, University of Wyoming, USA and Dr. Jason Londt (Natal Museum, Pietermaritzburg)
4Diet composition and prey choice by the red-backed shrike Lanius collurio in western Poland, Piotr Tryjanowski, Malgorzata Karolina Karg, Jerzy Karg, Belg. J. Zool., 133 (2) : 157-162 (2003)
5OBSERVATIONS ON THE DIET AND FEEDING HABITS OF THE SHORT-BEAKED ECHIDNA (TACHYGLOSSUS ACULEATUS) IN TASMANIA, Chris P. Spencer & Karen Richards, The Tasmanian Naturalist 131 (2009), p. 36-41
6Vázquez, D. P. 2002. Interactions among Introduced Ungulates, Plants, and Pollinators: A Field Study in the Temperate Forest of the Southern Andes. Doctoral Dissertation thesis, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tennessee, USA.
7Robertson, C. Flowers and insects lists of visitors of four hundred and fifty three flowers. 1929. The Science Press Printing Company Lancaster, PA.
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