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Western Yellowjacket

Vespula pensylvanica

Description:

Yellow and black flying insect with patterned abdomen.

Habitat:

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

Notes:

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

1 Species ID Suggestions

The MnMs
The MnMs 9 years ago
Wasp
Wasp


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3 Comments

CindyBinghamKeiser
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
EagleEye 9 years ago

Looks Vespula germanica - German yellowjacket: http://www.whyistheanswer.com/german_yel...

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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