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For Insects, Spiders & Their Kin
For the United States & Canada

Species Vespula squamosa - Southern Yellowjacket

First Records From Hondurus of a Yellowjacket Wasp, Vespula squamosa (Drury) (Hymenoptera: Vespidae: Vespinae)
By Hunt, James H., Ronald D. Cave, and Gerardo D. Borjas
Journal of the Kansas Entomological Society 74:118-119, 2001

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
Agriculture Handbook No. 552, 102 pp.

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

The Vespinae of North America (Vespidae, Hymenoptera)
By L.S. Kimsey and J.M. Carpenter
Journal of Hymenoptera Research Vol. 28: 37–65, 2012
L.S. Kimsey and J.M. Carpenter, The Vespinae of North America (Vespidae, Hymenoptera), Journal of Hymenoptera Research 28: 37-65, 2012.

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The Yellowjackets of America North of Mexico REVISED EDITION
By Roger Akre, Albert Greene, John Macdonald, Peter J Landolt, Harry G Davis,and Elizebeth Myhre
None Unfinished Ms, 1996
This book was meant to be published around 96/97 but was rejected by the publisher at the last minute. Very few manuscripts were made but this lost work fell into obscurity. Recently a scan has been made to salvage this lost work. In comparison to the original book there is much added and the finished product would have turned out great. A readable/downloadable copy of this manuscript can be found here:

A tentative synopsis of the Hornets and Yellowjackets of America
By Joseph Bequaert
Entomologica Americana, 1932
This is the first major revision of North American Vespinae and Vespinae systematics in general. This review provides keys to the North American species as well as provides extensive distributional data and biological notes. Additions and corrections to this publication contaning distributional, biological, and nomenclatiorial information was added in two subsequent publications (1935 and 1941). Links are provided to those below.

Additionally provided below is Bequaert's divisions of the Vespinae which is a prequel to this review and deals with all known species of the Vespinae worldwide that were known at the time.

The Social Biology of Wasps
By Kenneth G Ross and Robert W Matthews
Cornell University Press, 1991
This is an excellent review of the species of social Vespidae worldwide.

Here is a link to a readable copy:

Here is a link to a readable/downloadable copy of Albert Greene's review of Dolichovespula and Vespula in this book (Chapter 8):

Wasps: An account of the biology and natural history of solitary and social wasps
By J. Phillip Spradbury
This is an excellent reference on the solitary and social aculeata of the British Isles. It has an extensive review of British solitary wasps and social Vespinae as well as references to Vespinae from other parts of the world.

Here is a link to a readable/downloadable copy of this book:

Taxonomy and distribution of Nearctic Vespula
By C.D.F. Miller
The Canaddian Entomologist, 1961
This is an early work on the North American species of Vespula and Dolichovespula. It contains keys to the North American species as well as provides distributional maps showing individual species range in the U.S. and Canada. It also lists extensive distributional data based on specimen data and breif biological notes are made for each species.

Here is a link to a readable/downloadable copy: