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Showing 18 types of WASPS

(Eastern) Cicada Killer

Latin Name: Sphecius speciosus

Latin Family Name: Sphecidae

There are several species of these giant wasps in the United States, occurring commonly in states east of the Rocky Mountains and south into Mexico.

Baldfaced Hornet

Latin Name: Dolichovespula maculata

This is a native species that is found throughout North America from southern Canada to Mexico and in all states of the U.S. It may be most common in the Southeast U.S.

Black & Yellow Mud Dauber

Latin Name: Sceliphron caementarium

Latin Family Name: Sphecidae

A number of species of wasps in this family are native to North America, with the Black and Yellow Mud Dauber and the Blue Mud Dauber most often nesting on structures.

Blue Mud Dauber

Latin Name: Chalybion californicum

This is a native species in North America and is found throughout the U.S. and southern Canada.

Common Yellowjacket

Latin Name: Vespula alascensis

This is a native species in North America and can be found throughout all of the U.S. and southern

European Hornet

Latin Name: Vespa crabro

This wasp is native to Europe but found its way into North America by 1840 and now can be found throughout the eastern half of the United States and into southeastern Canada.

European Paper Wasp

Latin Name: Polistes dominula

This species is native to Europe but was introduced into the U.S. as early as 1968 in New Jersey. In the 1980’s and 1990’s it spread throughout the rest of the U.S. and now is found in Canada, Australia, and throughout Latin America.

German Yellowjacket

Latin Name: Vespula germanica

This species is native to Europe and is the common species in the eastern U.S. and Canada.

Hibiscus Sawfly

Latin Name: Atomacera decepta

This may be a native species that is found in the eastern half of the U.S.

Horntails

Latin Name: Siricidae

Latin Family Name: Siricidae

About 18 species of horntail wasps are native to North America, with most species in the western half of the continent.

Mountain-ash Sawfly

Latin Name: Pristiphora geniculata

This is a native species in North America.

Organ Pipe Mud Daubers

Latin Name: Trypoxylon sp.

This is a native species in eastern North America.

Paper Wasps

Latin Name: Polistes sp.

Many species of these wasps are native insects in North America.

Pear Sawfly

Latin Name: Caliroa cerasi

This is a native species in North America.

Pine Sawflies

Latin Name: Neodiprion sp.

Most species in this genus are native to North America while a few are imported. These include the Introduced Pine Sawfly and the European Pine Sawfly.

Potter & Mason Wasps

Latin Name: Eumenes sp.

These are native insects in North America.

Scoliid Wasps

Latin Name: Scoliidae

These are native species in North America, with most species found in the southern states.

Western Yellowjacket

Latin Name: Vespula pennsylvanica

This is a native species in North America and can be found throughout the western U.S. and Canada.

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