Prairie Yellowjacket
Vespula atropilosa

According to, this is a male Prairie Yellowjacket.  I don't know on what basis
they made that determination but I'll take their word for it. © Carol Davis, 8-29-2011

This bright handsome wasp was seeking nectar at Red Butte Gardens in Salt Lake City. 
Since yellowjackets scare the bejeebers out of me, I didn't stick around long to take
more photos.
© Carol Davis, 8-29-2011

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