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Yellow Jackets
Genus Vespula

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Yellow Jackets are a genus of very aggressive social wasps. There are many different species of Yellow Jackets.

Anatomy: These flying insects have a hard exoskeleton, six jointed legs and four wings. Like all insects, they have three body parts; the head, the thorax, and the abdomen. They are from 5/8 to 1 inch (14-25 mm) long. Females have a stinger at the tip of the abdomen.

Diet: Wasps eats insects, arachnids (like spiders), and sweet nectar.

Nests: All wasps build complex nests with many six-sided cells. They make the nests with a type of paper that they make by chewing wood and plant fibers. The nests are used to lay eggs in and to protect the young.

Social Organization: Yellow Jackets live in groups (called colonies) and work together. The Yellow Jackets are divided into three classes: queens (large females who build the nest and lay eggs), workers (small females who build nests and feed the young), and drones (males). Every winter, all the wasps die except new, mated queens, who burrow into leaves or soil to survive.

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