Yellow Jacket Wasps

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Yellow Jacket Wasps
The name yellow jacket wasps is used as a common name for a North American predatory wasp that is part of the genera Vespula and Dolichovespula. In many other English speaking countries, yellow jacket wasps are just called wasps. The majority of wasps are yellow and black with a few being white and black with others having the base black colouring in red. Yellow jacket wasps can be easily identified by its distinct markings, small size similar to a honey bee, living in colonies and the way it lands, by moving very fast from side to side before touching down. Female yellow jacket wasps are all capable of stinging and can do so multiple times resulting in a painful swelling. Yellow jacket wasps are an important insect as they prey on other pest insects. Yellow jacket wasps can easily be identified and often mistaken for bees. An ordinary working yellow jacket wasps will grow to a size of around 12 millimetres in length while being black with yellow bands going around its abdomen.

The queen yellow jacket will be large at around 19 millimetres in length with the same colouring. With yellow jacket wasps being confused with bees, they are easily distinguished. Yellow jacket wasps are not covered with brown, dense hairs that the honey bee has on its body. The honey bee also has flatter rear legs with hairs on them that are used for carrying pollen. Female yellow jacket wasps have a stinger that has very fine barbs on it allowing it to sting multiple times with a slim chance of the stinger breaking of. The venom from a sting is unpleasant and painful though not fatal unless the person stung is allergic or the person receives many multiple stings. The yellow jacket wasps mouth parts or its mandibles are very strong and developed in a way that they are suited for catching and chewing insects. They also have a proboscis that allows them to suck up nectar, fruit and other kinds of juices. The yellow jacket wasps nest are constructed from wood fibre that the wasps make into a paper like material by chewing the fibres and mixing them with its saliva. The nest are normally built in trees, shrubs or in other protected places such as a loft space.

Did You Know?
Did you know the following facts about wasps - hornets?

  • Fact One - Wasps are not bees.
  • Fact Two - Wasps can create a nest out of wood or mud where bees make their nests from honey.
  • Fact Three - Wasps are most aggressive from August to October.
  • Fact Four - They eat insects, food and rubbish.
  • Fact Five - Wasps become inactive at night.
  • Fact Six - They are normally found in their nest.
  • Fact Seven - They are very sensitive to light.
  • Fact Eight - They eat caterpillars.
  • Fact Nine - Male wasps don't have a stinger.
  • Fact Ten - Females have the stinger and it is also their sex organ.
  • Fact Eleven - Females protect the nest.
  • Fact Twelve - Not all female wasps are fertile.
Different Types of Wasps - Hornets
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