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Yellowjackets of America North of Mexico
By Akre, R.D., A. Greene, J.F. MacDonald, P.J. Landolt, and H.G. Davis
U.S. Department of Agriculture, 1980
Cite: 5920 with citation markup [cite:5920]
Agriculture Handbook No. 552, 102 pp.

Might be available by contacting:
Superintendent of Documents
US Government Printing Office
Washington, DC 20402

A link to The Yellowjackets of America North of Mexico
Can be found here:
The above link no longer works so I deceided to pass this one along. This book is a great read and I highly recomend it to anyone interested in these wasps.

A readable/downloadable copy
Can be found here as well:

"doppelt gemoppelt"
Anthony, the link I provided a few weeks ago is exactly the same as the url you list.

Ben's link no longer functions -
Here's a current link which allows you to download the entire 102 pp. document as a PDF.


Available for download
The United States Dept. of Agriculture National Agricultural Library has this (No. 552) and many other Agriculture Handbooks available for viewing or download. This link takes you to the main page for The Yellowjackets of America North of Mexico (No. 552):

You then have to manually click the View as PDF link on the lower left to view the entire handbook as a pdf. It is a javascript, and the link address does not work as a standalone.

Duplicate comment. Please disregard.

Yellowjackets of America North of Mexico
Recently had a chance to look at this publication. It is quite good, with a great worker key and nice big black and white drawings. And then pages and pages of info on biology etc. The only drawback is that the parasitic species (two in the NE, maybe others?) are not in the key because they do not have a worker class. The Queen takes over the nest of another species and lets those workers do the work. Interestingly this reference does have good right-ups on these species, you just can't find them going through the key. Also of course there are no keys for males or queens.

Another, older reference, of which I do not have a full citation is; Supplement 22 of the Canadian Entomologist. It has a key that is a little harder to use but still with good B&W drawings and includes males and queens but does not include the introduced V. germanica or the "new" species V. flavopilosa. If you can get both you're set.

Millers publication can be found

Thanks, Troy!
Thank you for posting this information.

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