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Photo#88874
Hornet? wasp? - Vespula squamosa

Hornet? wasp? - Vespula squamosa
San Antonio / Texas, Harris County, Texas, USA
November 25, 2006
Size: 30mm (approximate)
Is this a wasp or hornet? Is there any easy way to tell them apart?

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Hornet? wasp? - Vespula squamosa Southern Yellowjacket - Vespula squamosa - male Southern Yellowjacket - Vespula squamosa - male

Southern Yellowjacket
This is a Southern Yellowjacket. There is only 1 true Hornet in NA, Vespa crabro. However, Dolichovespula maculata is commonly called "Baldfaced Hornet". Key to the species HERE

 
Male.
Very good answer from Tony. I just wanted to add that this specimen is a male (long antennae, long abdomen), perhaps the first one for this species for Bugguide!

 
For the record, HE was on Jap
For the record, HE was on Japanese Aralia. I'll post a few more views in case you like them better..

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