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Spot ID Characters for the Family

Vespidae

Yellowjackets, Hornets, Paper Wasps, and Potter Wasps


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Members of this predaceous family are commonly known as paper and potter wasps, yellow jackets, and hornets.  These insects have a distinct ‘U-shape’ to the posterior margin of the pronotum and their forewings fold in half longitudinally.  Many species of Vespidae are eusocial, living in a colony comprised of three castes.  These castes include queens, female workers, and drones.  Only the workers are able to sting.