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Blackjacket - Vespula consobrina - female

Blackjacket - Vespula consobrina - Female
Miramichi, New Brunswick, Canada
August 31, 2004
Size: about 10 mm
On Pearly Everlasting in clearing of coniferous forest. I think this is a female because it has one less abdominal segment than the male in Kildale's photo. I haven't seen this species in southern Ontario; maybe it occurs farther north?


Blackjacket worker
It's OK for the gender, but specifying the caste, too, can be useful. This species is actually very uncommon, if not totally lacking, south of a broken line Winnipeg-Ottawa-Boston, except in mountain regions. Coniferous forest is indeed its preferred habitat.
By the way, congratulations for the quality of the photograph. I am always staggered how some people manage to take picture of so shy, nervous insects like yellowjackets - and more generally aculeate hymenopterans - from so near.

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