Wasp

Wasp

Wasp-Vespula Vulgaris

Color-Bright yellow  / Size-7/8 inch  / Shape-Oblong, two segments  / Legs-Six   Antenna-Yes  /  Flying-Yes

Region- Calgary, Alberta, Canada

In the early summer wasps forage for caterpillars and other such items, while later, yellowjackets forage for food in garbage cans, picnic sites and restaurant patios. They only ever travel a few hundred yards from their nest.  Yellowjacket wasps are common insects in Calgary, building colonies in the ground or in holes in walls and foundations. Colonies start as a single queen in May and reach a peak in Calgary’s late summer with up to 5000 wasps in a nest. Nests built into walls or attics are often the source of wasps that invade the living space within the house.  As the temperature drops in the fall, these wasps seek an entrance into the warm side of their nest-your home.