One of the strangest things I’ve ever seen. The
photographer’s identification is tentative: Vespula
pensylvanica. Personally, I’d never try to identify
an unfamiliar insect.
One summer, I took classes at the UM Biological Station near Pellston, MI.
My cabinmate was an entomologist. Watching him it
the field, I got the impression that the identification of these little
creatures is a black art. Anyway, here’s the photo:
by Dolor Ipsum
As far as I can tell, the weird monkey face is not common to all Vespula
pensylvanica. It could just as easily have been a
baboon, or Jesus, or Darwin, or the BVM.