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Genus Vespula

Queen Eastern Yellowjacket? - Vespula maculifrons - female It's Alive!! - California Yellowjacket  - Vespula sulphurea - female Western Yellowjacket - Vespula pensylvanica Downy Yellowjacket - Vespula flavopilosa - female 9003401 Vespula - Vespula flavopilosa - female Porter Gulch Yellow Jackets - Vespula alascensis Western Yellowjacket - hibernating queen - Vespula pensylvanica - female Vespula squamosa queen at entrance. - Vespula squamosa - female
Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Hymenoptera (Ants, Bees, Wasps and Sawflies)
No Taxon (Aculeata - Ants, Bees and Stinging Wasps)
Superfamily Vespoidea (Yellowjackets and Hornets, Paper Wasps; Potter, Mason and Pollen Wasps and allies)
Family Vespidae (Yellowjackets and Hornets, Paper Wasps; Potter, Mason and Pollen Wasps)
Subfamily Vespinae (Hornets and Yellowjackets)
Genus Vespula
Numbers
Thirteen species of Vespula in North America (twelve native, and one exotic, V. germanica).
Identification
Overview of Species of Vespula

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For keys to species see:
Key to the ten eastern (plus one adventitious western) species in the Identification Atlas of the Vespidae of the northeastern Nearctic region (1).

Nests
1. V. alascensis, 2. V. consobrina, 3. V. flavopilosa, 4. V. germanica, 5. V. maculifrons, 6. V. pensylvanica, 7. V. squamosa
Internet References
U. of Florida. PDF document
Works Cited
1.Identification Atlas of the Vespidae (Hymenoptera, Aculeata) of the Northeastern Nearctic Region
Matthias Buck, Stephen A. Marshall, and David K. B. Cheung. 2008. Biological Survey of Canada [Canadian Journal of Arthropod Identification].