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Genus Vespula

Eastern Yellowjacket worker - Vespula maculifrons What kind of yellow jacket? - Vespula pensylvanica Western yellowjacket queen - Vespula pensylvanica - female California Yellowjacket at Water Dish - Vespula sulphurea - female Western Yellowjacket - Vespula pensylvanica Porter Gulch Yellow Jackets - Vespula alascensis Wasp - Vespula squamosa Yellowjacket - Vespula flavopilosa
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].