Not to me, I think of paperwasps as wasps. Technically yellowjackets
may be wasps, but I dislike them more (the yellowjackets). I got
stung way too many times while I worked in the woods, two or three
times a week I'd kick up a ground nest.
Yellow jackets are a type of wasp, but wasps generically are referred to
the paper wasps, which build the inverted umbrella shaped nest under the
eaves and may contain a few dozen wasps where as the true yellow jacket
nest is usually in the ground or a hollow area in a tree or structure
and can contain hundreds of wasps. Another type of yellow jacket is the
bald faced hornet which is not a hornet at all, but it's nest is the
same construction as other yellow jacket nests except they may be out in
the open (the football shaped nest hanging on a limb).
You were lucky! I didn't notice one time and it stung me right on the
lip. Not that I was so beautiful before, but the fat lip really looked
awful as I met parents of my students at the first football game of
the season! LOL
Addendum. I had turned the Coke can upside down, but it tipped and
the Coke ran out. I checked later and the bee was not in the can, nor
was it on the ground. So it may have tasted the dust, but it didn't
bite it, which is good, we need bees. Just not in my drink.
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