|Western Yellowjacket - note folded wings, yellow eye loop, and feeding at nectary|
Wasps in the family Vespidae are those most likely to sting you, but not all vespid wasps are equally quick to use their venom delivery apparatus on something as large as a person. For example, the industrious mud-dauber Ancistrocerus waldenii that I spent some time studying early in the summer never paid much attention to me, even when my point-and-shoot was only a few centimeters above her. You can tell she is a good vespid wasp by the fact she did not sting me and by the way the front wings fold lengthwise when held at rest (in other wasp families, the front wings are typically held flat).
|Mud-duber Ancistrocerus waldenii - a good wasp|
|Ancistrocerus parietum exploring the erotic potentials of dill|
|Male Aerial Yellowjacket nectaring at goldenrod|
|More black than yellow - Vespula alascensis male (note 7 abdominal segments)|
|Hi, I have no common name - Vespula alascensis male|
|13-segmented antennae identify a male - scape, pedicel, and 11 flagellomeres|
|From its yellow eye loop, a Western Yellowjacket (and male)|
|A doubly bad German Yellowjacket - well, at least the eye loop is absent|
|7-spotted Ladybeetle - 6 US states have designated this beetle |
their state insect - but it is an invasive species; and therefore, bad.