No, even we squirrels don’t like to see the yellow and black warning stripes of a yellow jacket!
But this wasp is a good choice for Y day because we’ve never featured it. Yellow Jacket, or even yellowjacket, is the common name in North America for a group of social wasps in the genera Vespula. Social means they do live together in a colony, in this case, underground. They fill their hole with comb made of wood fiber, similar to a paper wasp. Also like paper wasps, the yellow jackets only live for one year and die out when the freezing temperatures hit.
How do you humans tell this is a yellow jacket? They have distinctive black and yellow or black and white patterns. They also fly side-to-side just before landing, but we bet you haven’t stuck around long enough to see that, right? Because, yes, all of the females can sting, and it hurts.
A sting doesn’t mean an animal is bad. Yellow jackets prey on other insects, insects that can be harmful, so they are considered the good guys in some situations, just like ladybugs that eat aphids.