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Nest to ID if possible. - Dolichovespula

Nest to ID if possible. - Dolichovespula
Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
April 26, 2006
Would appreciate knowing who builds nests like this one. I didn't see any wasps around as it was probably an old one taken in April. It was not very large.

Moved
Moved from Dolichovespula.

A so-called Yellowjacket "Queen-nest"
Built by the lone foundress in spring. This one was abandoned before the first workers emerge and the colony would start, a fate most of these queen-nests know since most foundresses die accidentally or by bird predation.
The paper IS grey rather than tan, and anyway many foundresses of vulgaris and related species build queen-nests with predominantly grey envelopes. More important, the nest is aerial in an open location, hence this is almost certainly one of a Dolichovespula species (Moreover, Vespula foundresses rarely, if ever, build such a "bottleneck" at the - lower - entrance).
An ID to the species level is not possible without knowing exactly the size, namely the breadth of paper stripes of different colors. D. maculata, according to its large size, makes much broader ones than D. arenaria.

 
Nest ID
Thank you both for all this information. I appreciate it very much.

Probably
vespula vulgaris...dont know which yellowjacket realy. A dolichovespula nest would be grey.
It looks like the photo was taken early in spring..was it?

 
This is an early nest of Dolichovespula Maculata
you can tell by the size of the paper strips used by the queen. They are thicker in D.maculata and thinner in D.arenaria a sympatric species. Note also it would seem that the queen was ready to add the "tube" another characterisic of early D.Maculata nests

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