Vespula germanica, Heesch, Netherlands
Found dead and dusty on the garden floor by Henriette. Together with Vespula vulgaris, this species is likely responsible for people's "proxy" fear to anything in a black/yellow jacket, including harmless hover-flies, bees and bumblebees.
Note the cool comma-shaped eyes. Another interesting detail are the 3 black spots above the jaws, these are an identification key to distinguish it from the very similar Vespula vulgaris:
The German wasp, or European wasp, ''Vespula germanica'', is a wasp found in much of the Northern Hemisphere, native to Europe, northern Africa, and temperate Asia. It has been introduced and is well-established in many other places, including North America, South America , Australia and New Zealand.