Yellow Jacket

My Home: I am aggressive and build paper nests in logs, on the sides of buildings or in trees. I am a social insect and live in colonies. Sometimes the nest populations can number in the thousands.

What I eat: I will eat other insects,
but also am attracted to sweet smells
as in garbage cans or will hover over
your picnic table during the summer.

What I look like: My body is yellow
and black striped and I have two
transparent wings. My stinger is
located at the end of my abdomen.

How I am born: I go through four
stages of development: egg, larva,
pupa and adult. The queen yellow
jacket wasp can lay thousands of eggs.
My egg is laid in an individual cell within
the paper type nest. The workers in the
colony take care of my egg until I hatch.
The new queens hibernate over the winter
and each spring builds a new colony. My
average life span from egg to adult is one season.

  
  Fun Facts
I have a built in alarm and if
attacked or killed will release a smell
that alerts other wasps that come to help.
Yellow jackets can sting repeatedly and are aggressive!