Monday, October 26, 2009


Ever wondered why it hurts when a yellowjacket (wasp) bites you?

Face of a Southern Yellowjacket Queen (Vespula squamosa)


Here’s what it looks like close up. Lots more photos of insects here. Including my favorite a horse fly.

Male Striped Horse Fly (Tabanus lineola)

1 comment:

amy said...

Wasps and hornets are both family Vespidae (remember that climb in the Black Hills?), but they might have significantly different behaviors, depending on which type you are dealing with. Your photo looks like a bald-faced hornet. They will sting the crap out of you for almost no reason at all.
Paper wasps (polistine) are much less aggressive. I think that might be the wasps we see in the fall at Taylors Falls and other locations.

I use a thick baking powder sludge when the children or I get stung. It seems to work well.