Yellow Jackets

Yellow Jackets

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Yellow Jacket Wasp” by Bombman356 (own work) is licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Mistakenly called bees, although they are actually wasps
  • Most species are black and yellow
  • Have a caste system with queens, workers and males (drones) in the colonies
  • Workers are typically 12 mm long
  • Queens are typically 19 mm long
  • Nests are built in trees, bushes or other protected man-made structures
  • Nests are made from chewed wood fibers
  • Nests are typically the size of a basketball
  • Diet is fruits, nectar from flowers and tree sap
  • Very aggressive
  • Sting repeatedly
  • Stingers are covered in small barbs
  • Typically survive only one season