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Species Dolichovespula arenaria - Common Aerial Yellowjacket

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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)
Species arenaria (Common Aerial Yellowjacket)
Other Common Names
Sandhills Aerial Yellowjacket
Sandhills Yellowjacket
Sandhills Hornet
Common Yellow Hornet
Explanation of Names
Dolichovespula arenaria (Fabricius 1775)
Range
abundant throughout boreal NA(1)
From north central Alaska to as far south as New Mexico and Arizona.
Habitat
Arboreal to subterranean habitats.
Season
may begin nest building as early as March in California
Food
Arthropods: grasshoppers, crickets, caterpillars, spiders, flies, lacewings, and even lady beetles (avoided by other wasps). Also fall webworm. Sometimes carcasses of vertebrates.
Remarks
They have mostly aerial nests, from a few centimeters above ground to the tops or trees, or houses or sheds. But in some cases they build nests under rocks or even underground.
Internet References
Works Cited
1.The Vespinae of North America (Vespidae, Hymenoptera)
L.S. Kimsey and J.M. Carpenter. 2012. Journal of Hymenoptera Research Vol. 28: 37–65.
2.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].