In a yellow jacket trap
moving its abdomen back and forth. Only one in area, not moving anything else. Seems to have burnt wings. About 1 cm long. Found in mixed grassland on the edge of trail
A small paper wasp nest of about 15 cells with about 5 wasps located on the east wall of the old museum building south of the old entrance. There is another nest about 10 feet further along the wall towards the corner.
These made quite an impression at the high school marchathon! We rerouted that part of the course after the first dozen warning stings. Me included
Wasp (and fly) eating a caterpillar?
En ANP Piedras Bola, Jalisco.
see a helpful BugGuide key here: http://bugguide.net/node/view/35661
I believe this is a yellowjacket nest. There's a hypothesis that yellowjackets are expanding in Alaska due to a warming climate: http://juneauempire.com/stories/051908/sta_280576671.shtml
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...