New Wasp

Another Vespula ground yellowjacket species in the ‘hood! Southern Yellowjacket, Vespula squamosa. This is a queen. She was probably looking for a nice hole at the base of this old cherry to start a nest. This is the first report for this species in Brooklyn on iNaturalist; they’re recorded on Staten Island, Manhattan, and further out on Long Island. That makes five Vespula species I’ve seen here in the borough.

2 Responses to “New Wasp”

  1. 1 Joy Elizabeth Goode June 10, 2021 at 8:31 am

    Wow, good for them!! How did you determine she is the queen? Were you able to see her size in comparison to her other wasps? I am a honey beekeeper and this is why I ask. My first thought was how often have “you” seen this species & are able to ID a queen, especially if she was solitaire when you spotted her, etc….

    • 2 mthew June 11, 2021 at 9:57 am

      I suspected because of behavior, the poking around the tree base, similar to other Vespula species queens seen in spring time. A couple people on iNaturalist confirmed the ID. Vespula queens have different markings from the workers and the males. Bugguide has a nice picture key to the North American species

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