The English wasp Vespula vulgaris was first recorded in the Malvern (Melbourne) area in 1958. While it has not established as successfully as the European Wasp, it has spread in an easterly direction to west Gippsland.
The English wasp has similar colour markings to the European Wasp but the yellow bands just in front of where the wings are attached to the body differ as follows:
The black marking on the middle of the first abdominal segment differs as follows:
The nest colour of the two wasps also differs: