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Genus Dolichovespula - Aerial Yellowjackets

Baldfaced Hornet - Dolichovespula maculata - Dolichovespula maculata Baldfaced Hornet - Dolichovespula maculata - male male yellowjacket - Dolichovespula albida - male Common Aerial Yellowjacket - Dolichovespula arenaria Wasp? - Dolichovespula maculata Dolichovespula maculata  - Dolichovespula maculata nest - Dolichovespula arenaria Yellowjackets in nest - Dolichovespula arenaria
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
Family Vespidae (Hornets, Yellowjackets; Paper, Potter, Mason, and Pollen Wasps; and Allies)
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
6 spp. in our area, 18 total(1)
The oculo-malar space of the face is longer than in Vespula (dolikhos = "long" in Greek)

Keys to species:
Key to the five eastern spp.(1)
Key by Tony Thomas (2005)
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].