"Paper wasp"

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LBamforth
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"Paper wasp"

We recently received a message from a member of the public stating:

"For your info we came across a beautiful specimen of a paper wasp today in dalgety bay. We had old book which said they were not found in UK but obviously not anymore"

They do not have a photograph nor the specimen. Forgive my ignorance - I'm aware that at least the common wasp builds their nest out of a type of paper, but is the individual referring to a different, specific type of wasp?

If it is something as unusual as the individual believes, I realise the record would not be accepted without evidence or further information, however I was wondering if anyone could suggest any useful information or advice I might pass on, either regarding the species the person believes they have seen or about wasp identification in general?

Many thanks for your help,
Lindsay

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"Paper wasp"

Hallo Lindsay

With the information supplied and in the absence of photographs it is impossible to say what your informant saw at Dalgety Bay, Dunfermline, Fife.

Polistes dominula is sometimes called a paper wasp. It is very rare in the UK. David Baldock in "Wasps of Surrey" gives a photographs on Plate 22 and a description of the wasp, nest and lifecycle on pages 221 and 222. It has been found nesting at Ham House, near Richmond, Surrey for several years between 2003 and 2010. David Baldock writes..."...This species has been expanding its range northwards in Europe for the last 40 years, so this recent colonisation of England is almost certainly due to natural spread and not to accidental human introduction. ..."...

I do not think that this is what your informant found in Fifeshire!!

Steve F.
21:15 Friday 9 October 2015
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"Paper wasp"

Hi Steve,

I suspected the vague-ness would be a problem!! Many thanks for the information.

Lindsay

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