I sometimes tell people that while in university I unofficially minored in bugs. As a biology student I had many options for my options, but my interest veered sidelong into a course of courses in the entomology department. I exited with a bachelors degree in genetics, but the extra educational suitcase I had brought along was stuffed full of souvenirs from my study of insects. Packed in that suitcase, I’ve always adored the word Hymenoptera. hai – muh – NAAP – ter – uh Or, the order of insects that contains wasps, bees, hornets, ants and other similar six legged critters. The summer of 2021 was apparently a good year around here for a particular kind of yellowjacket wasp. Popular…

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