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Vespula maculifrons (eastern yellowjacket)

Synonyms: Vespa flavida; Vespa maculifrons; Vespula inexpectata

Wikipedia Abstract

The eastern yellow jacket or eastern yellowjacket (Vespula maculifrons) is a wasp found in eastern North America. Although most of their nests are subterranean, they are often considered a pest due to their nesting in recreational areas and buildings. This yellow jacket is a social insect, living in colonies of hundreds to thousands of individuals. Along with their subfamily, Vespinae, this species demonstrates supportive parental care for offspring, separation of reproductive and sterile castes, and overlapping generations. They aggressively defend their hives from threats and are known to inflict painful stings.
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Diet [1]  Omnivore
Hibernates [1]  Yes


Prey / Diet



Platanus mexicana (American sycamore)[2]
Salix nigra (black willow)[2]


Pollinator of 
Cichorium intybus (chicory)[2]
Cirsium vulgare (Spear Thistle)[2]
Ilex opaca (American holly)[2]

External References



Attributes / relations provided by
1Myers, P., R. Espinosa, C. S. Parr, T. Jones, G. S. Hammond, and T. A. Dewey. 2006. The Animal Diversity Web (online). Accessed February 01, 2010 at
2Study of Northern Virginia Ecology
3Predator-Prey Database for the family Asilidae (Hexapoda: Diptera) Prepared by Dr. Robert Lavigne, Professor Emeritus, University of Wyoming, USA and Dr. Jason Londt (Natal Museum, Pietermaritzburg)
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