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Aerial Yellowjacket (Dolichovespula arenaria)

Order: Hymenoptera (hy-men-OP-ter-a) (Info)
Family: Vespidae (VES-pid-ee) (Info)
Genus: Dolichovespula
Species: arenaria


No positives
No neutrals
1 negative


This bug has been reportedly found in the following regions:

Minneapolis, Minnesota

Member Notes:

Negative Malus2006 On Feb 13, 2008, Malus2006 from Coon Rapids, MN
(Zone 4a) wrote:

This wasp is often confused with Common Yellow Jacket, Eastern Yellow Jacket, and German Yellow Jacket. It among with other aerial yellow jacket species, the only yellow Yellow Jacket in the Eastern United States that builds its nest above the ground much like Bald Face hornet. Bald Face Hornet is consider part of the Yellow Jacket family but is different into its is larger and have white stripes instead of yellow. Eastern Yellow Jacket and Common Yellow Jacket nest underground while German Yellow Jacket nest like honey bees, preferring cavities.

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