07.02.2021-2 When is a Yellowjacket not yellow?

When it is a Bald-faced Yellowjacket-Dolichovespula maculata and I’m not a bald-faced liar.  🙂

About Steve Gingold

I am a Nature Photographer with interests in all things related. Water, flowers, insects and fungi are my main interests but I am happy to photograph wildlife and landscapes and all other of Nature's subjects.
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17 Responses to 07.02.2021-2 When is a Yellowjacket not yellow?

  1. Eliza Waters says:

    Meanest hornet in the East! 😉 Hope that was a long lens, Steve. I don’t dare get too close to these territorial demons!

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    • This isn’t either the bald-faced hornet or the yellow jacket that we all fear. That said it does have a stinger and knows how to use it. 🙂 It was just the 100 macro and fairly close although this is a bit cropped to square. I haven’t had much of a problem with hornets or wasps (really the same thing) away from the nests which they do defend like angry hornets. 🙂

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    • And I was confused. It is indeed one and the same, ELiza.

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  2. Peter Klopp says:

    I would say when it is not a yellowjacket. I think that it could be a hornet.

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  3. And if a yellowjacket isn’t necessarily yellow, a jacket now only occasionally has anything to do with someone named Jack. Here’s the American Heritage Dictionary’s etymology of jacket:
    “Middle English jaket, from Old French jaquet, diminutive of jaque, short jacket, tunic, from jacques, nickname for French peasants, from the name Jacques” [i.e. Jack].


  4. shoreacres says:

    This is the one we know as the bald-faced hornet. It’s quite common here. I followed your link and saw the explanation, but anyone who hollers, “Look out for that bald-faced yellow jacket” might not be understood in time to get out of its way.

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    • I think just plain yellowjacket gets one’s attention. But even just plain old hornet or wasp works for most people who think they are all the same. We usually have one of their nests somewhere in the yard one of which I have posted before.

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  5. Nice Steve! Cool Image!

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