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Insect and Spider Identification: SOLVED: Yellow jacket?

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July 7, 2001
11:30 AM

Post #7985

This guy was hanging out inside my house here. Is it a yellow jacket?


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Newnan, GA
(Zone 8a)

July 7, 2001
12:39 PM

Post #91469

got 2 guys here who say no, not a yellow jacket. Maybe a paper wasp or hornet of some kind. They aren't bug experts:)
Corinth, NY
(Zone 4b)

July 7, 2001
12:54 PM

Post #91481

Hi Dave,

It sure does not look like the yellow jacket who stung me just yesterday. The first sting in years! I also have no idea what it could be. I am sure someone will identify it.
Scotia, CA
(Zone 9b)

July 7, 2001
4:51 PM

Post #91546

The link above has great pictures and info on how to tell a yellow jacket from a wasp
Tilton, NH
(Zone 4a)

July 7, 2001
5:43 PM

Post #91582

Dave, that is what I call a flowerfly! Great disguise, huh? It is a fly, who for defensive reasons looks like a wasp. They visit flowers for nectar. You can tell it is a fly when you look at the eyes and wing-shape. Also, the abdomen will be shorter, and often flattened.

Okay, after looking it up, it is likely the american hover fly, Metasyphus americanus. Adult drinks nectar, larva preys on aphids and larvae of scale insects.

Austin, TX
(Zone 8a)

July 8, 2001
12:23 AM

Post #91703

Here is a fly that looks just like your bug:

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