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2006-08-24 14:30:23

By Anne Harding NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - A yellow jacket sting can be more dangerous if a certain species of the insect is doing the stinging, a new study shows. Of the two most common yellow jacket species found in the eastern US, Vespula maculifrons -- which tends to live in large underground nests -- is much more likely to cause a systemic reaction than is Vespula germanica, Dr. David B. K. Golden of the Johns Hopkins Asthma and Allergy Center in Baltimore and colleagues...


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2005-09-08 12:09:25

Yellowjackets are typically black-and-yellow wasps of the genus Vespula or Dolichovespula (though some can be black-and-white, the most notable of these being the bald-faced hornet, Dolichovespula maculata). They are characterized mostly by their distinctive combination of black-and-yellow color, small size (slightly larger than a bee), and entirely black antennae. They live in colonies and build globular paper nests. Workers are around 12-20 mm in length, depending on species, and feed on...

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2005-07-14 11:42:55

Yellowjackets are black-and-yellow wasps of the genus Vespula or Dolichovespula (though some can be black-and-white, the most notable of these being the baldfaced hornet, Dolichovespula maculata). They can be identified by their distinctive combination of black-and-yellow color, small size (slightly larger than a bee), and entirely black antennae. Like some other vespids, they live in colonies and build globular paper nests. Workers are around 12-20 mm in length, depending on species, and...

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