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Species Vespula atropilosa - Prairie Yellowjacket

Atropilosa xanthic worker - Vespula atropilosa - female Prairie Yellowjacket - Vespula atropilosa - female atropilosa queen - Vespula atropilosa - female Some type of paper wasp? - Vespula atropilosa - male wasp - Vespula atropilosa - female Yellowjacket - Vespula atropilosa - female  Vespula atropilosa? - Vespula atropilosa Vespula atropilosa? - Vespula atropilosa - female
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 atropilosa (Prairie Yellowjacket)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Vespa atropilosa Sladen, 1918. Subsequently moved to new genus Vespula.(1)
Explanation of Names
The specific name atropilosa derives from the Latin 'atro', for black, and the Latin 'pilus', for hair.
Print References
Kimsey, L.S. & Carpenter, J.M. (2012): The Vespinae of North America (Vespidae, Hymenoptera). Journal of Hymenoptera Research 28: 37–65; doi: 10.3897/JHR.28.3514.
Internet References
Image of queen, Whitney Cranshaw, Colorado State University, Bugwood.org
Works Cited
1.Checklist of the species of the subfamily Vespinae (Insecta: Hymenoptera: Vespidae)
Carpenter, James M., and Jun-ichi Kojima. 1997. Nat. Hist. Bulletin of Ibaraki Univ. 1:51-92.