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Yellowjackets are perhaps one of the most feared of the stinging insects. They are territorial and extremely aggressive when they are threatened.
- Color: Abdomen usually black with yellow band-like pattern
- Legs: 6
- Shape: Wasp-like
- Size: 3/8 to 5/8" long
- Antennae: Yes
- Region: Throughout the U.S.
- Habits: Yellowjackets are social insects that live in nests or colonies with up to 4,000 workers. They are most active in the late summer and early autumn when a colony is at its peak. Yellowjackets feed on sweets and proteins, and commonly invade outdoor events.
- Habitat: These wasps build paper carton nests out of chewed up cellulose, which are usually found in the ground or in cavernous areas such as eaves and attics.
- Threats: Yellowjackets are territorial, easily provoked, and will aggressively defend their nest. People allergic to insect stings will have a more severe reaction than those less sensitive. The sting can be extremely painful.