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Vespula alascensis - female

Vespula alascensis - Female
Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, USA
August 10, 2011
This Vespula alascensis worker shows small yellow spots on the propodeum and pronotal lobes, a rare condition in this species (Buck et al. 2008).

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Vespula alascensis - female Vespula alascensis - female Vespula alascensis - female

Fantastic shots!
This species seems to vanish from time to time in my area. I haven't seen any this season

 
Yeah
I saw a few this year, including multiples at the same time, compared to only one last fall. There is probably a colony not too far away, but I can't find it. They are definitely the least common of the vulgaris group locally. What situations do you find nests typically?

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