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Western Yellowjacket

Vespula pensylvanica


Yellow and black flying insect with patterned abdomen.


Checked out Sea Lavender leaves and Bottle Brush flowers in the backyard.


Aka French: guêpe de l'ouest, German: Pensylvenia-Wespe

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The MnMs
The MnMs 9 years ago

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CindyBinghamKeiser 9 years ago

Thank you all for your help! I just don't seem to be able to differentiate between hoverfly's and yellowjackets!
@EagleEye, when I looked up German yellowjacket, I found a site showing the Western Yellowjacket that's apparently the only one found in this area. The markings are nearly identical as they're very closely related.

EagleEye 9 years ago

Looks Vespula germanica - German yellowjacket:

The MnMs
The MnMs 9 years ago

Is some type of wasp, check it out.

Escondido, California, USA

Spotted on Aug 29, 2011
Submitted on Aug 29, 2011

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