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Aerial yellowjacket
(Dolichovespula arenaria)
Aerial yellowjacket
The Aerial yellowjacket is one of the most common yellowjacket wasps in North America. It is a black and yellow wasp with long curved antennae. The head and abdomen are mainly black with some yellow markings; the abdomen is black with narrow yellow... Read more >
Baldfaced hornet
(Dolichovespula maculata)
Baldfaced hornet
The Baldfaced hornet is a large black and white North American yellowjacket wasp, but is not a significant pest. Unlike most other yellowjackets which are black and yellow, it is mainly black with white markings on the head and thorax, and white... Read more >
Forest yellowjacket
(Vespula acadica)
Forest yellowjacket
The Forest yellowjacket is a black and yellow wasp. The thorax is mostly black with yellow markings, the abdomen is black with narrow black bands, the antennae are black and legs are yellow. A lot of the males and the queens have a pair of yellow or... Read more >
Prairie yellowjacket
(Vespula atropilosa)
Prairie yellowjacket
The Prairie yellowjacket is a black and yellow North American wasp. The head is yellow with finer black markings; the abdomen is yellow with black bands which are broader in the centre; there are also pairs of black spots on the back below the black... Read more >
German yellowjacket
(Vespula germanica)
German yellowjacket
The German yellowjacket is an introduced pest wasp with bold black and yellow bands. The black bands have arrow-shaped black markings down the centre of the abdomen, and there are pairs of small black spots on the yellow bands. The wings are long... Read more >
Eastern yellowjacket
(Vespula maculifrons)
Eastern yellowjacket
The Eastern yellowjacket is one of the most common yellowjacket species in eastern North America. It is a black and yellow wasp with mostly yellow face with fairly fine black lines, black thorax with yellow markings, and black and yellow banded... Read more >
Western yellowjacket
(Vespula pensylvanica)
Western yellowjacket
The Western yellowjacket is a black and yellow wasp, and a serious insect pest species. The face is mostly yellow with narrow black bands in the centre and black on top of the head; the thorax is black and yellow; the abdomen is yellow with black... Read more >
Southern yellowjacket
(Vespula squamosa)
Southern yellowjacket
The Southern yellowjacket is a social insect and a pest in urban and suburban areas. Males and workers are black and yellow with prominent black bands on the abdomen; the queen is much larger and has a distinctive orange abdomen with only a few thin... Read more >