25 Common Georgia Wasps


The Eastern Yellowjacket (Vespula maculifrons) is a versatile wasp that lives both underground and in homes, garages, and other man-made structures.

Eastern Yellowjacket

The Bald-faced Hornet (Dolichovespula maculata) is a type of Yellowjacket wasp.

Bald-Faced  Hornet

The Guinea Paper Wasp (Polistes exclamans) is common in Georgia. This species lives in colonies under very strict rules.

Guinea Paper Wasp

Part of the Polistes genus, the Metric Paper Wasp (Polistes metricus) is two-colored. The upper body is brown while the lower body is black.

Metric Paper  Wasp

The Eastern Cicada-killer Wasp (Sphecius speciosus) is the most common digger wasp in Georgia.

Eastern  Cicada-Killer Wasp

The Southern Yellowjacket (Vespula squamosa) is mostly found in Eastern US and down to parts of South America.

Southern Yellowjacket

The European Hornet (Vespa crabro) has introduced to North America over 2 centuries ago. This hornet is known for building paper-like nests from plant fibers found in the area.

European  Hornet

The Blue-winged Scoliid Wasp (Scolia dubia) is part of the Scolia genus. It can be identified by its red and black body as well as by its digging nature.

Blue-Winged Scoliid Wasp

This black wasp (Eremnophila aureonotata) has blue markings on its body. During the day it’s found on flowers where it feeds on nectar.

Gold-Marked Thread-Waisted Wasp

The Four-toothed Mason Wasp (Monobia quadridens) has similar habits to the Gold-marked Thread-waisted Wasp. 

Four-Toothed Mason Wasp

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