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Yellow Jackets (Vespula sps.)
build large nest in logs, stumps, and in the ground. Sometimes people accidentally step on
the nest and get stung badly. When a yellow jacket stings you, it does not die. In fact,
it may sting you many times, so stay away from them! They have black and yellow (or white)
stripes and are not fuzzy like bees. They sometimes steal bits of food from picnics. Adult
wasps drink nectar and feed insects to their babies.
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Florida Cooperative Extension Service Pamphlets.
Foster, Steven and Caras, Roger. Peterson Field Guide to Venomous Animals and Poisonous Plants. New York: Houghton Mifflin Co., 1994.
Milne, Lorus and Margery. National Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Insects & Spiders. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1995.
Sanford, Dr. Malcolm T. Professor and Apiculturist, University of Florida, 1996.