Vespula (genus)

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Vespula Thomson, 1869 - (yellow jackets)

The genus Vespula contains more than 20 species. They are common in temperate regions and easy to recognize by their distinctive yellow and black stripes on the abdomen. They are not as large as species of the genus Vespa (hornets) but still have a strong and painful sting. The base of the mandibles is located directly below the eyes.

For details see the respective page in Wikipedia.

Currently, the following species have been entered into the system: