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Species Vespula pensylvanica - Western Yellowjacket

Vespula pensylvanica - female Western Yellowjacket munching on unknown larva - Vespula pensylvanica - female Western Yellowjacket - Spring Queen - Vespula pensylvanica - female yellowjackets - Vespula pensylvanica - female Yellow Jacket 3 - Vespula pensylvanica Vespula pensylvanica? - Vespula pensylvanica Maybe a Carpenter Bee? - Vespula pensylvanica Wasp with Prey - Vespula pensylvanica
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
Species pensylvanica (Western Yellowjacket)
Explanation of Names
Vespula pensylvanica (de Saussure 1857)
Size
Forewing: workers 8.5–10.5 mm, ♀ 12.5–14.5 mm, ♂ 12.5–14.0 mm(1)
Range
w NA (BC-CA to MB-WI-TX) to Mexico; adventive in ON, HI(1)
Life Cycle
Nest entrance • Nest • Prepupae, pupae and adults
Print References
(2)
Internet References
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].
2.The Vespinae of North America (Vespidae, Hymenoptera)
L.S. Kimsey and J.M. Carpenter. 2012. Journal of Hymenoptera Research Vol. 28: 37–65.