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Any of various widely distributed insects of the family Vespidae, which includes the paper wasps, hornets, and yellow jackets.

[From New Latin Vespidae, family name, from Vespa, type genus, from Latin vespa, wasp.]

ves′pid adj.
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1. (Animals) any hymenopterous insect of the family Vespidae, including the common wasps and hornets
2. (Zoology) any hymenopterous insect of the family Vespidae, including the common wasps and hornets
(Zoology) of, relating to, or belonging to the family Vespidae
[C19: from New Latin Vespidae, from Latin vespa a wasp]
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(ˈvɛs pɪd)

1. any of numerous nest-building wasps of the family Vespidae, including the yellowjackets, hornets, and mason wasps.
2. belonging or pertaining to the family Vespidae.
[1895–1900; < New Latin Vespidae]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.vespid - mostly social nest-building waspsvespid - mostly social nest-building wasps  
wasp - social or solitary hymenopterans typically having a slender body with the abdomen attached by a narrow stalk and having a formidable sting
family Vespidae, Vespidae - an arthropod family of the order Hymenoptera including: yellow jackets; hornets; mason wasps
paper wasp - any of several social wasps that construct nests of a substance like paper
hornet - large stinging paper wasp
common wasp, Vespula vulgaris - a variety of vespid wasp
mason wasp - any of various solitary wasps that construct nests of hardened mud for their young
potter wasp - any of various solitary wasps that construct vase-shaped cells of mud for their eggs
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We found that 9.2% of samples contained the hymenopteran vespid wasps, yellowjackets (Vespula spp.), and Bald-faced Hornets (Dolichovespula maculata) (Table 1).
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The shortage started last fall, when( ALK Laboratories of Denmark shut down production of six types of venom proteins - honeybee, wasp, white-faced hornet, yellow hornet, yellow jacket and "mixed vespid," a cocktail of venoms.
It is remarkable that the male pinned with its vespid prey bears a strong resemblance to the prey item.
Plant effects on prey choice by a vespid wasp, Polistes arizonensis.
- Insect pollinators included honey bees (Apis mellifera), bumble bees (Bombus sp.), vespid wasps, moths and butterflies (any Lepidoptera) and flies (any Diptera).
The primary insect visitors to these species are introduced syrphid flies in the genus Allograpta, endemic vespid wasps in the genus Odynerus and Pachodynerus, and the introduced honeybee Apis mellifera.