We have an apple tree with a lot of fallen apples. Saturday I spent some time photographing butterflies in, under, and around the tree. But butterfly photography has a little bit of danger as well. There were several species of social wasps on the apples.
These are yellow jackets–probably a Vespula species, but I am not sure which one.
I think this is Polites metricus, and probably a male. The common name for this is paper wasp, but there are several species of paper wasp.
These are bald-faced hornets, Dolichovespula maculata.
This is a northern paper wasp, Polites fuscutus. Most of the other wasps stayed on the apples, but this one staggered around slowly like it was drunk.
I could show you some butterfly photos, too, but I will save them for another day. The wasps were more fun.