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)
Family Vespidae (Yellowjackets, Paper Wasps, and Hornets; Potter, Mason and Pollen Wasps)
Subfamily Vespinae (Hornets and Yellowjackets)
Species adulterina (Parasitic Yellowjacket)
Indian Gap, GSMNP, Swain Co, NC.