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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 10 years ago
Wasp
Wasp


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3 Comments

CindyBinghamKeiser
CindyBinghamKeiser 10 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 10 years ago

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

The MnMs
The MnMs 10 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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