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Kingdom  Animalia
Subfamily  Vespinae
Higher classification  Vespidae
Rank  Genus
Family  Vespidae
Scientific name  Dolichovespula
Phylum  Arthropoda
Order  Hymenopterans
Dolichovespula Dolichovespula arenaria Wikipedia
Lower classifications  Bald‑faced hornet, Dolichovespula saxonica, Median wasp, Dolichovespula sylvestris, Dolichovespula norwegica

Bald faced hornet vespidae dolichovespula maculata queen close up

Dolichovespula is a small genus of social wasps distributed widely throughout the Northern Hemisphere. The yellow and black members of the genus are known by the common name yellowjackets in North America, such as Dolichovespula norwegica, along with members of their sister genus Vespula. In a study on the nesting biology of Dolichovespula, D. maculata was found to have the largest population count at 771.


Dolichovespula Median wasp Wikipedia



Dolichovespula Dolichovespula norwegica Fabricius1781 BWARS

A set of morphological differences distinguishes them from Vespula. The most noticeable is the long face (dolikhos = "long" in Greek). Viewed from the front, Dolichovespula faces are long, while Vespula faces are short and round. The oculo-malar space, the distance between the eye and the mandible, is long in Dolichovespula and short in Vespula.

Dolichovespula nests are usually aerial, while Vespula often nest underground.


The following species are recognised:

Dolichovespula Dolichovespula sylvestris Scopoli1763 BWARS
  • Dolichovespula adulterina (Buysson, 1905)
  • Dolichovespula albida Sladen 1918 (split from D. norwegica)
  • Dolichovespula alpicola Eck 1984 – Rocky Mountain aerial yellowjacket
  • Dolichovespula arenaria (Fabricius, 1775) – aerial yellowjacket
  • Dolichovespula arctica Rohwer 1918 parasitic yellowjacket (split from D.adulterina)
  • Dolichovespula asiatica Archer, 1981
  • Dolichovespula baileyi Archer, 1987
  • Dolichovespula carolina (Linnaeus, 1767)
  • Dolichovespula flora Archer, 1987
  • Dolichovespula kuami Kim, 1996
  • Dolichovespula lama (Buysson, 1903)
  • Dolichovespula loekenae Eck, 1980 (split from D. pacifica)
  • Dolichovespula maculata (Linnaeus, 1763) – bald-faced hornet
  • Dolichovespula media (Retz., 1783) – median wasp
  • Dolichovespula norvegicoides (Sladen, 1918) – Arctic yellowjacket
  • Dolichovespula norwegica (Fabricius 1781) – Norwegian wasp
  • Dolichovespula omissa (Bischoff, 1931)
  • Dolichovespula pacifica (Birula, 1930)
  • Dolichovespula panda Archer, 1980
  • Dolichovespula saxonica (Fabricius, 1793) – Saxon wasp
  • Dolichovespula stigma Lee 1986
  • Dolichovespula sylvestris (Scopoli, 1763) – tree wasp
  • Dolichovespula xanthicincta Archer, 1980

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