Netherlands - Wasps & Bees

On this page you will find pictures of all kind of wasps and bees, photographed by me in the Netherlands.

You can scroll down to see all photo's or you can click on the underlined English name in the list (link) to see the respective photo.

  1. Common Wasp - Gewone Wesp
  2. Potter Wasp sp. - Muurwesp sp.
  3. Ichneumon Wasp sp. - Sluipwesp sp.
  4. Ichneumon Wasp sp. - Sluipwesp sp.
  5. Giant Ichneumon Wasp sp. - Sluipwesp sp.
  6. Cuckoo Bee sp. - Bleekvlekwespbij
  7. European Honey Bee - Europese Honingbij
  1. Buff-tailed Bumblebee - Aardhommel
  2. White-tailed Bumblebee - Veldhommel
  3. Early Bumblebee - Weidehommel
  4. Tree Bumblebee - Boomhommel
  5. Common Carder Bumblebee - Akkerhommel
  6. Red-tailed Bumblebee - Steenhommel
  7. Figwort Sawfly - Helmkruidbladwesp

Common Wasp
Gewone Wesp (Vespula vulgaris)
Loosdrecht
14 November 2011
Potter Wasp sp.
Muurwesp sp. (Ancistrocerus sp.)
In my yard, Hilversum
1 September 2012
Ichneumon Wasp sp.
Sluipwesp sp.
(Ichneumonidae sp.)
's Graveland
12 August 2011
Ichneumon Wasp sp.
Sluipwesp sp. (Ophion luteus)
Biesbosch, Werkendam
24 May 2013

This is very likeli a Ophion luteus, which is a type of ichneumon wasp.
It is 20mm long and has a red or orange body, antennae and legs. The wings are clear with black veins.
The abdomen is arched giving it a somewhat agressive appearance.

Giant Ichneumon Wasp sp.
Sluipwesp sp. (Megarhyssa sp.)
De Snip, Hilversum
18 June 2013

These are solitary parasitoids; females drill their long ovipostor deeply into wood to deposit their eggs on larvae.
This one is black with yellow bands on its abdomen and quite large (body: 4-5 cm). It closely resembles Megarhyssa superba,
but without a microscope it is hard to tell. Until recently, Megarhyssa species did not occur in Holland, but lately some species have been found.

Cuckoo Bee sp.
Bleekvlekwespbij
(Nomada alboguttata)
Stulpheide, Lage Vuursche
5 June 2013

This is a parasitic bee which uses many different types of bees as hosts, primarily the genus Andrena.
European Honey Bee
Europese Honingbij
(Apis mellifera)
's Graveland
12 August 2011

Buff-tailed Bumblebee
Aardhommel
(Bombus terrestris)
Harderwijk
21 November 2009

Bombus terrestris is one of the most numerous bumblebee species in Europe. The queen is 22.7 cm long, while the workers are 12 cm. Workers are characterized by their white-ended abdomens and look (apart from their yellowish bands being darker in direct comparison) just like those of the white-tailed bumblebee, B. lucorum, a close relative. The nest site is usually underground; an abandoned mouse burrow is often used.

White-tailed Bumblebee
Veldhommel (Bombus lucorum)
In my yard, Hilversum
25 June 2013

This is a male. Bombus lucorum are quite similar to Bombus terrestris (previous photo) but slightly smaller and the males have more lemon yellow hairs instead of orange-yellow and have a distinctive yellow nose.
Early Bumblebee
Weidehommel (Bombus pratorum)
In my yard, Hilversum
24 June 2013

This male (1113 mm) has a yellow collar, yellow colouration on both terga 1 and 2 (abdominal segment) and, as the queen, a red tail. The workers are similar to the queen, but often with less yellow colouration; usually the abdominal yellow band is more or less missing.
Tree Bumblebee
Boomhommel
(Bombus hypnorum)

In my yard, Hilversum
25 June 2013

Bombus hypnorum is a common bumblebee species in continental Europe and northern Asia. The thorax is usually of a uniformly ginger colour (but examples with a darker, or even black thorax occur), the abdomen is black haired and the tail always white.
Workers are often (but not always) small, drones are much bigger, and the queen varies in size. It prefers to build its nest above ground and often inhabits bird boxes.

Common Carder Bumblebee
Akkerhommel
(Bombus pascuorum)

's Graveland
31 August 2011

The Common Carder Bumblebee is the only common bumblebee to have a completely ginger thorax. Although the abdomen also
tends to be gingery, it is more variable in colour, and can be greyish or red. The coat tends to be rather scruffy-looking and is short. This species has a fairly long tongue and males can be distinguished from females as they have longer antennae.

Red-tailed Bumblebee
Steenhommel
(Bombus lapidarius)

's Graveland
11 July 2011

Bombus lapidarius is probably the most easily recognised bumblebee species, with its black body and bright orange tail. The workers have the same colouring as the queen (20-22 mm) but are much smaller (11-16 mm). The males (14-16 mm) also have similar colouring but have a yellow collar (some yellow hairs in the neck and chest).

Figwort Sawfly
Helmkruidbladwesp
(Tenthredo scrophulariae)
's Graveland
12 August 2011

This is not a fly. It belongs to the same order of wasps, bees and bumblebees: the Hymenoptera, one of the largest orders of insects.

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