Definitions

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  • n. A predatory wasp with alternating black and yellow stripes around the abdomen, usually of the genera Vespula or Dolichovespula.

Etymologies

yellow +‎ jacket (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Thankfully I may be missing a whole variety of critters -- it's enough that I had the flying roach land on my bare knee, the large spider in my pants (if it any wonder I prefer being naked, flying roaches aside?), the yellowjacket that committed suicide in the ceiling light fixture despite said fixture now being fitted with fluorescent curly bulbs, and the like.

    They will not die, no matter what

  • This caught my eye in a charity shop £3 because the gold cover wrap, and the name of Asimov, made me think it was an old Gollancz yellowjacket; but, though I immediately realised my mistake I bought it anyway.

    Archive 2010-02-01

  • Hummingbird is territorial and attacks yellowjacket invading bird feeder.

    Photo Contest Vote: Animal - The Panda's Thumb

  • Archilochus colubris – ruby-throated hummingbird killing yellowjacket Vespula squamosa.

    Archilochus colubris - The Panda's Thumb

  • Archilochus colubris by Darren Garrison — ruby-throated hummingbird killing yellowjacket Vespula squamosa.

    Photo Contest Vote: Animal - The Panda's Thumb

  • The link to the picture includes comparison photographs of the European paper wasp and the western yellowjacket; up close, they look only vaguely similar.

    Polistes dominula - The Panda's Thumb

  • The article further says that they are not considered to be especially aggressive; the yellowjacket is evidently much more so.

    Polistes dominula - The Panda's Thumb

  • Archilochus colubris , the hummingbird killing the yellowjacket, by Darren Garrison.

    Photo Contest Winners - The Panda's Thumb

  • When a yellowjacket it killed, it releases a chemical signal that causes all nearby yellow jackets to attack.

    Repel Flies With A Bag Of Water | Lifehacker Australia

  • Like bees (with which they share a similar coloration, but from which they can be easily distinguished: bees have thick waists, wasps have skinny ones, bees are hairy, wasps are smooth) yellowjacket wasps are social insects.

    Yellowjackets

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