Category Archives: Vespidae

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Western Yellowjacket Queen

The western yellowjacket (Vespula pensylvanica) is a common wasp in Alberta. Unlike Dolichovespula arenaria which constructs suspended aerial nests, V. pensylvanica builds paper nests underground, sometimes using rodent burrows, and in urban areas nests can […]

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Update. Wasps and more…

◊ The gallery on Dolichovespula arenaria (previously blogged here) has been updated with more photos that were taken in July 2014, including some of the inside of the nest. Go take a gander. ◊ I’ve been working […]

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Writing-on-Stone Polistes

Continuing on the southern Alberta tour for 2014… After Waterton Lakes National Park, I moved on to Writing-on-Stone Provincial Park. No problem with campsites here, there is only one and weekdays–out of season–there is always […]

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Late-summer Halfmoon Rambling

I was looking for sand beasts last week. I began in the area around Nestow in the morning. I found little there, so moved on to Halfmoon Lake Natural Area again. By the time I arrived it was […]

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Wasp Nest Squatter

I was forced to destroy the wasp nest that had been growing on our garage door frame, as it was becoming a danger to us when we entered or left the garage. The morning after my dastardly night […]

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Yellowjacket with prey

I had the chance to photograph the goings-on at a convenient wasp nest that is developing on the garage-door frame at our home. Because of its situation, I can take photographs fairly safely by opening the garage door, […]

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