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Parasitic Yellowjacket (Dolichovespula adulterina)  male IMG_4478 | by Audrey R Hoff
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Parasitic Yellowjacket (Dolichovespula adulterina) male IMG_4478

These wasps lay their eggs inside the nests of 2 other species of yellowjackets.

 

Kingdom Animalia (Animals)

Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)

Class Insecta (Insects)

Order Hymenoptera (Ants, Bees, Wasps and Sawflies)

No Taxon (Aculeata - Bees, Ants, and other Stinging Wasps)

Superfamily Vespoidea

Family Vespidae (Yellowjackets, Paper Wasps, and Hornets; Potter, Mason and Pollen Wasps)

Subfamily Vespinae (Hornets and Yellowjackets)

Genus Dolichovespula

Species adulterina (Parasitic Yellowjacket)

 

Indian Gap, GSMNP, Swain Co, NC.

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Taken on August 9, 2008