European wasp photos and videos

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This page contains examples of real-life European wasp sightings in WA. Photos have either been contributed by members of the public through MyPestGuide, or have been taken by our European wasp surveillance and eradication team on the job.

Scavenging on human (and pet!) foods & drinks

European wasp on a piece of potato in a bowl of rice and stew

This wasp was spotted by C Spencer (MPG ID 156612) at a Wave Rock Caravan Park near Hyden, scavenging on a camper's meat and vegetable stew. European wasps can stow away on caravans entering WA from the eastern states.

European wasps in an empty meat tray

These wasps were found scavenging in an empty meat tray left on a barbecue. 

Two European wasps and a fly feeding on meat in a dog food bowl

J Randle (MPG ID: 158592) snapped these two European wasps feasting on some leftover dog food in a Maddington backyard.

European wasp feeding on dead rat
European wasp feeding on dead rat, Queens Park (DPIRD 2017)

Not only are European wasps hungry for protein, but they also get thirsty. European wasps are commonly sighted drinking from backyard water sources such as bird baths, swimming pools and sprinklers, as well as at creeks and rivers.


European wasp nest in the ground, the entry hole is clearly visible European wasp nest in the side of a mound covered in grass

European wasps build underground nests, with a golf-ball sized round opening.

European wasp nest hidden by sticks and leaf litter European wasp nest opening next to wire fencing

European wasps nests may be hidden by scrub in bushland. Nature reserves, national parks and verges are all common places for European wasps to build nests.

A European wasp nest built into a paperbark tree  European wasp nest in a palm tree

Although most European wasp nests are underground, they occasionally build nests in trees. Paperbark trees and palm trees are commonly selected by European wasps to build their nests in.

Industrial areas

European wasp nest built inside a brick

A European wasp nest found in a hollow brick at a Kalgoorlie construction business. Industrial areas are common sites of European wasp nests, as European wasp queens can enter WA through shipments from the eastern states, where the wasps are established.

A European wasp eating meat on a truck grill

A European wasp found feasting on carrion in a truck grill. 

Sharing your BBQ with European wasp

European wasps' unique flying style and appetite for meat are key identifiers. 

Contact information

Pest and Disease Information Service (PaDIS)
+61 (0)8 9368 3080