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This is a queen Southern Yellow Jacket. She is scouting out suitable places to begin her new colony. Once she finds a spot that is to her liking she will build a small paper nest where she will lay eggs. She is entirely responsible for caring for this first generation of workers. But after they reach adulthood, the first brood will take over many of the duties previously attended to by the queen. The colony will continue to grow over the course of the summer and early fall until it too begins to produce reproductive males and females.

Southern Yellow Jacket - Scouting Queen

Southern Yellow Jacket - Scouting Queen

Southern Yellow Jacket - Scouting Queen

Southern Yellow Jacket - Scouting Queen

 
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Date Jun 1, 2013
Time of Day Midmorning
Temperature Warm (70-89°F/21-32°C)
Weather Partly Cloudy
Habitat Undeveloped-Wooded
Type of Behavior Scouting
Gender Female
Maturity Adult
Observer Chris Jackson
Main Article Southern Yellow Jacket Observation Location

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