A Groggy Yellowjacket

My mother found a German yellowjacket (Vespula germanica) that appeared to be hibernating on the ceiling of her shed. After knocking it down, I let it crawl onto a leaf and then a stump to photograph it. It didn’t have much energy and could only move very slowly, so there was no danger of it attacking me.

The yellowjacket was covered in dust, and occasionally it would clean itself by rubbing its head and antennae with its forelegs and then using its mandibles to clean off its legs.

Vespula germanica is an invasive species in Oregon and can be a nuisance around homes, so I sealed it in a container to kill it and perhaps preserve it as a specimen. 

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