Wasps are a hugely diverse group of insects. Often brightly coloured, wasps come in a multitude of black, brown, yellow and red patterns.
Many people only know wasps for their stings, which they use to kill prey or defend themselves, but very few are able to penetrate human skin.
These creatures also carry out beneficial tasks in the garden: visiting flowers, wasps are important pollinators. They're also great for pest control – being carnivores, they catch and feed insects to stock their small nests or feed their young. Some parasitise other insects, or steal the food from other bees and wasps.
Most wasps have a nesting or maternal behaviour towards their young. Only 'social' wasps build large nests, with overlapping cohorts of many hundreds or thousands of workers.
Check out this wasp identification guide to some of the most common species, to find out more.