European paper wasp nest
European paper wasp and nest
The European paper wasp (Polistes dominula), and other Polistes species, are Unwanted Quarantine Pests declared under the Tasmanian Plant Quarantine Act 1997.
European paper wasps are native to the Mediterranean region and are now found in southern Europe, northern Africa, the Middle East, China, the USA and Australia. Within Australia it has become established in Western Australia (since 1977) and more recently in Victoria.
European paper wasps are about 1.5-2.5 cm long, yellow and black in colour with orange antennae. They appear similar to European wasps but are thinner with slightly different yellow and black markings.
European paper wasp nests have exposed cells and are situated above ground, often on structures such as walls and fences, but also in vegetation.
In areas where they become established, they can become a public nuisance and have potential environmental impacts by feeding on native insects and competing with native species for nectar.
A European paper wasp nest was found in February 2021 in a garden in East Devonport. The nest was removed by a pest controller organised by Biosecurity Tasmania. Biosecurity Tasmania officers completed an inspection of the area with no further detections.
What to do if you think you have seen European paper wasp
Report it to Biosecurity Tasmania
To report by email: Please include “Suspect European paper wasp” in the subject heading, an address of where the wasp was seen in the body of the email, if possible attach a clear photo of the nest/wasps and email to firstname.lastname@example.org
To report by phone: Please call Biosecurity Tasmania on 6165 3777
WARNING: European paper wasps sting. Do not disturb nests or provoke wasps in any way.