We are excited to bring these little bugs to you that are sometimes pesky yet fun, some make pets, others are detestable yet beautiful, some are misshapen and ugly, most are insects -- yet all are a part of the food chain for someone. Many are extremely beneficial for our very existence; perhaps even more than we know. There may be a few other categories that will creep onto this page, but we're not making a big deal of it. The paragraphs are not huge, but the available resources are listed for your perusal, should you have a yen to investigate each critter separately, and we do encourage you to do so. A few of the pictures are a result of our own photography, but most are imported, and in those cases, due credit is given. Appreciate the beauty of these small creatures, and the delicate way they are formed. More importantly, believe that there is a heavenly mastermind, God, who, very meticulously, created each one. Read, learn, and enjoy. Let us know how you like this page.
The yellow jacket is a black and yellow ringed insect in the form of a wasp. They carry a wallop when they sting, but do not leave it embedded in the skin. Some accounts say they are aggressive, others say they are only aggressive when they feel threatened, or you come to close to their nests. Either way, it’s good to stay out of their way.
The yellow jacket nest is built close to the ground, and many times inside the burrow of a rodent. So if you see these little critters coming out of the ground, steer clear. They also build their paper nests in logs, on the side of buildings, and occasionally, in trees. They can sting over and over, unlike the honey bee.
As mean and evil as we might consider them, they actually serve a good purpose. They eat other insects like flies and bees. They also like meats, carrion, flower nectar, sweet drinks, and fruits. They will hover around the garbage can during the summer. They will forage as far as a mile from their nests.
Their nests are paper-like, and, depending on the size of the colony, they can be quite large. They are considered a social insect. Their life span is only one season. They start as eggs that hatch into larvae, and eventually into a young adult. They do not have hair on their bodies, unlike bees. They are about a half-inch in length.
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