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Polyester Bee In Idaho?
Sun, Apr 19, 2009 at 7:49 PM
We nearly stepped on this fellow in our kitchen in North Idaho. She is grey with a smooth abdomen and a fuzzy thorax and yellow front legs and face. At first we thought she was covered in plaster dust or something. Is she a polyester bee?
AnnE & James
Coeur d’Alene, Idaho

Queen Yellowjacket covered with dust

Queen Yellowjacket covered with dust

Dear AnnE & James,
We wanted to verify our suspicions with Eric Eaton, and this is what he wrote back to us:  “Daniel:  An extremely dusty queen yellowjacket, probably the western yellowjacket, Vespula pensylvanica.  Eric”  With that, we can say you are lucky you didn’t step on her.

What's That Bug? does not endorse extermination
Location: Idaho

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