Yellowjackets and Paper Wasps

Yellowjackets and paper wasps are beneficial insects. They feed their young numerous insects that ordinarily damage shade trees and crops. They also kill countless flies and various other pest insect species.

While yellowjackets and paper wasps are often confused, they have some distinct differences. Yellowjackets are relatively short and stout compared to paper wasps. Paper wasps have longer, more slender bodies and dangling legs. Yellowjacket nests are spherical and are enclosed in a papery envelope with a small entrance hole. Paper wasp nests are usually suspended from eaves or porch ceiling and look like tiny umbrellas filled with hexagonal cells.

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Yellowjacket


Paper Wasp

Did you know?
A single egg raft can produce as many as 130-300 larvae.