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Genus Dolichovespula - Aerial Yellowjackets

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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 Dolichovespula (Aerial Yellowjackets)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
In the older literature the genus was either treated as a subgenus of Vespula or its species were included in the genus Vespula
Numbers
6 spp. in our area, 18 total(1)
Identification
Key to the five eastern spp.(1)
Key by Tony Thomas (2005)
The oculo-malar space of the face is longer than in Vespula (dolikhos = "long" in Greek)
Life Cycle
nests usually aerial
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].