A Prickly Affair

A Western Yellowjacket (Vespula pensylvanica) queen mating with a male.  The fertilized queen will eventually go into hibernation for the winter. She will re-emerge in the spring, find a spot for a nest and lay a few eggs that will hatch and become her workers. She will spend the remainder of her time laying eggs. Alas, the male will die.

One comment

  1. alas indeed! brought a chuckle in me. thanks for the photos and the accompanying information on these creatures.

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