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Common Name Scientific Name Habitat / Ecology Adult/Colony Activity Period N/A Dolichovespula arctica Obligatory social parasite of Aerial Yellowjacket (Dolichovespula arenaria) and Dolichovespula norvegicoides colonies. April – July Aerial Yellowjacket Dolichovespula arenaria One of the most common wasps in North America.  Nest construction begins in … Continue reading

Common Yellowjackets

Western Yellowjacket (Vespula pensylvanica) This yellowjacket is a major pest species in California. It is primarily a scavenger and in the summer months adults are common around garbage receptacles in picnic and barbeque areas. Nests are usually constructed in abandoned rodent burrows or … Continue reading


Yellowjackets, commonly referred to as meat bees, are social wasps that live in colonies. They are often confused with bees. They are a more aggressive threat than bees. They do not have barbs on their stingers so they can sting more than once. They … Continue reading

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