Yellow jackets are the buzzing creatures which are feared by humans for their tendency toward aggressive behavior when they are provoked. Yellow jackets are often thought to be a type of bee, but are a species of wasp which can be characterized by their lack of furry coating, a black and bright yellow striped pattern, and a black or red abdomen. Another characteristic of yellow jackets is that the female worker wasps which are typically seen by humans are nearly a half inch in length, and are capable of stinging multiple times when they are threatened.

Unlike bees, yellow jackets do not create honey. They are known to feed on many different sources of sugars, or other insects because they are a predatory species which play an important role in regulating the population of common pest insects. Yellow jackets are social creatures which form large colonies in paper-like nests that can be found on buildings, trees, bushes, or under ground depending on the climate of their territory.

Facts About Yellow Jackets:

  • Yellow Jackets are not bees, they are a species of wasp.
  • Female (worker) yellow jackets are the only members of a colony who gather food and care for the queen and larvae.
  • Yellow jackets are wasps which are capable of stinging multiple times when threatened.
  • The queen wasps will abandon their colony in cold months to live reclusively when inseminated, eventually building a paper nest when the temperature rises to begin a new colony.