|Blackjacket Wasp - Vespula consobrina|
Order Hymenoptera / Family Vespidae -- hornets, paper wasps, potter wasps, yellowjackets
Live blackjackets and bald faced hornets photographed in the wild at Illinois and Pennsylvania.
Bees & Wasps Index | Parasitica | Aculeata | Symphyta
|Note very thin, nearly complete white apical band on abdominal tergite 2; Bald-faced hornet has, at most, small lateral spots.|
I have been stung multiple times by the Eastern Yellowjacket - Vespula maculifrons (while stupidly trying to destroy their nest), but never by the bald-faced hornet or the blackjacket. I have been around thousands of bald-faced hornets and yellowjackets and blackjackets in the wild, and they pay no attention to me whatsoever. I cannot stress this enough: they don't even notice your existence unless you bother them.
Hymenoptera (Latin for membrane wing) is a vast assemblage of insects second only to Coleoptera (beetles) in the number of described species. Hymenoptera number some 115,000 species - of which 18,000 live in North America. Hymenopterans inhabit a wide variety of habitats, and show an incredible diversity in size, behavior, structure and color.
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