Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Anatomy of a Yellow Jacket

These little guys tend to instill dread and fear in a lot of people because when aroused they can be aggressive and sting repeatedly.  However, as I sat on the patio steps this evening and noticed a few in the plants right beside me they seemed much more interested in eating (at least I think that's what they were doing) than they were in me.  So, I went inside and grabbed the camera and tried to get some shots of these little beasts from different angles.  Fortunately, they seemed oblivious to what I was doing and went about their business leaving me free to shoot at will.  While they can be a nuisance in large numbers, even deadly, they do offer a benefit by consuming insects and helping to keep garden pests in check.  While they are not an endearing creature we want to love, I do find them fascinating when viewing them in these photos.  Hope you enjoy them!


  1. Up close like this they are very fascinating if creepy. Keep the cool pictures coming. Laurie

  2. I don't like bees, but these are great shots!

  3. They are beautiful. I will still keep my distance though :)