Northeastern Yellowjacket (Vespula vidua)
Like some Forest Yellowjackets, the Northeastern Yellowjacket is most easily recognized by the thick black band across the upper portion of its abdomen. However, the Northeastern Yellowjacket will never have the two extra spots through the black band, which are present on many Forest Yellowjackets. This species is often called a ground hornet, most likely due to its larger than average size -- roughly 5/8 inch long.
Northeastern Yellowjackets commonly nest in high traffic areas such as yards and pastures, as well as some forested areas. Colonies last one year. Adults feed on sugary foods and are predators of live insects to feed larvae.
Northeastern Yellowjacket Nests:
Northeastern Yellowjackets commonly make subterranean nests in high traffic areas such as yards and pastures, as well as some forested areas. However, their nests can also be found in logs and manmade structures. Colonies last one year, and rarely grow beyond 500 adult workers. Adults feed on sugary foods and forage for live insects to feed larvae.
Nature toward humans:
Northeastern Yellowjackets are not a serious stinging hazard unless the nest is disturbed. However, due to nesting habits in areas of human traffic, the chances of accidentally disturbing a nest are increased.
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