Vine Wasps

Back to this one block stretch of 7th Avenue, were the yellow trumpet vine is in bloom. The variety of wasps crawling all over the buds sucking up sweet nectar was most impressive:
European Paper Wasp (Polistes dominula), all over the place as usual. Remember, orange antennae are unique for this species in the pantheon of yellow and black “jackets.”
Eastern Yellowjacket (Vespula maculifrons).
German Yellowjacket (Vespula germanica).
Two views of a Widow Yellowjacket (Vespula vidua). First time I’ve come across any of these.
Common Aerial Yellowjacket (Dolichovespula arenaria). Another first for me. Trumpet vine brings all the wasps to the yard…
Bald-faced Hornet (Dolichovespula maculata).
Bald-faced and European Paper butting antennae.
Eastern Cicada-killer Wasp.
Four-toothed Mason Wasp.
Rusty Spider Wasp. Better view from a few years ago.

Two Elegant Grass-carrying Wasps.

More, yes more, tomorrow.

5 Responses to “Vine Wasps”


  1. 1 gkleing3 July 30, 2020 at 7:26 am

    That’s a lot ‘o wasps.

  2. 2 Leslie Soha July 30, 2020 at 9:24 am

    Beautiful pictures.Thank you for the work you do.

  3. 3 Ellen July 30, 2020 at 10:39 am

    I love all the variety of stripes on the yellow/black wasps. I had no idea.
    Thank you for the great photos.

  4. 4 Ewa K July 30, 2020 at 2:52 pm

    Obviously some are missing. Where is the pin toothed, eye rolling, trump-stinging wasp?

  5. 5 Elizabeth L White July 31, 2020 at 2:17 am

    Love these. I’ve been avoiding public transportation so have been limited in my wildlife viewing for a few months. I was looking at my wasp photos earlier this evening, and realized that I NEED MORE!


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