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Eastern Yellowjacket Queen - Vespula maculifrons - female

Eastern Yellowjacket Queen - Vespula maculifrons - Female
Fort Bragg, Cumberland County, North Carolina, USA
April 4, 2006
This queen was sitting on this leaf for quite some time. I got very close to it, but it never moved....besides the pulsing of its abdomen.

Such a "sleepy"...
sun-basking behavior is common just after overwintering. Even otherwise very shy European Hornet queens are easy to catch with a mere box when surprised in this situation.

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