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We have always called these Yellow Jackets since childhood. Both perched on a Passion Flower, late summer 2010.

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Gordon Dietzman
Gordon Dietzman 12 years ago

You may also want to look at the eastern carpenter bee:

Gordon Dietzman
Gordon Dietzman 12 years ago

Yellowjacket is a common term usually referring to a black and yellow wasp, which lacks the fuzzy hair seen on these insects. See for more information. These are bumblebees (genus: Bombus). See for more information. To try and ID them down to a species level, see

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Henderson, Kentucky, USA

Spotted on Sep 1, 2010
Submitted on May 14, 2011

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