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Mason Wasp?
Mason Wasp?  

parasitic yellowjacket?
parasitic yellowjacket  
Eric- You had me laughing to imagine a group of insect snobs, but, alas, the academic world can be funny like that ;-)
Before I begin posting bug pictures on the web (and, no, I don't have a website), I will say my problem is I am hoping to market them so worry a bit about putting them out there and then they become public domain (I have been a writer/photographer for many years and know far too many people could care less who owns what).
Anyway... I realized after writing you that you are, indeed, "that" Eric, great bug man of Kaufman guide (thank you so much).
I will include a couple more bug to bug you with, if I am bugging you too much let me know and I will bug someone else.
I am getting stuck on wasps as their are so many with stripes and curly and straight... here are a few.
Thanks ;-) Paula

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Paula:

Please include the geographic location for each image.  Two at a time I can handle.  Realize some of the angles make it difficult to render an ID.

Top "Mason wasp" is actually a male Northern Paper Wasp, Polistes fuscatus .

Bottom "parasitic yellowjacket" is either a Bald-faced Hornet, Dolichovespula maculata , or a Blackjacket, Vespula consobrina .

A dorsal (top) view would be infinitely better for ID in both cases.

Eric

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I answer insect and spider identification questions ONLY. Attach images if possible. No "what bit me?", "what do I feed this bug in captivity?", or science fair project questions please. NO TECHNICAL QUESTIONS ABOUT INSECT PHYSIOLOGY.

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Principal author, Kaufman Field Guide to Insects of North America. Professional entomologist employed previously at University of Massachusetts, Chase Studio, Inc., and Cincinnati Zoo; contract work for West Virginia Department of Natural Resources, Smithsonian Institution, and Portland (Oregon) State University.

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Author, Kaufman Field Guide to Insects of North America, Missouri Conservationist magazine, Ranger Rick, Birds & Blooms, Timeline (journal of the Ohio Historical Society). I have contributed to several books as well.

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Oregon State University, undergraduate major in entomology, did not receive degree.

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One of the top 50 experts in all categories for AllExperts.com, 2009.

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Principal author of the Kaufman Field Guide to Insects of North America, Smithsonian Institution (contract), Cincinnati Zoo (employer), Portland State University (contract), Chase Studio, Inc (employer), Arkansas Museum of Discovery (guest speaker). Currently seeking speaking engagements, leadership roles at nature festivals, workshops, and ecotours.

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