Common Name:  Yellowjackets, Hornets, Paper Wasps, and Potter Wasps

Description:  Members of this predaceous family are commonly known as paper wasps, potter wasps, yellowjackets, or hornets. These insects have a distinct ‘U-shape’ to the posterior margin of the pronotum and their forewings fold in half longitudinally. Many species of Vespidae are eusocial, living in a colony comprised of three castes.  These castes include queens, female workers, and drones.  Only the workers are able to sting.

Spot ID Key Characters:

  1. Posterior margin of pronotum distinctly “U”-shaped
  2. Forewings fold in half longitudinally

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Order:  Hymenoptera