Three hibernating queens in a split in a pine ring I was splitting.
I presume they are all the same species .The one on the right has slightly different abdominal markings
On roof of school
Inside of baby tree protector tube
The Vespidae are a large (nearly 5,000 species), diverse, cosmopolitan family of wasps, including nearly all the known eusocial wasps (such as Polistes annularis) and many solitary wasps. Each social wasp colony includes a queen and a number of female workers with varying degrees of sterility relative to the queen. In temperate social species, colonies usually only last one year, dying at the onset of winter. New queens and males (drones) are produced towards the end...