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How to Capture Yellow Jackets (and Not Get Stung)

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Photo shows Michael Goodisman using forceps to hold a yellow jacket.

Assistant professor Michael Goodisman's research into the social dynamics of yellow jackets has shown that multiple mating by the queens does not cause conflict within a colony, but instead creates a more successful colony.

Credit: Gary Meek, Georgia Tech Photo


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Photo showing yellow jackets walking along a section of their nest.

Yellow jackets walk along the surface of a section of their nest in Goodisman's laboratory.

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Photo of Jennifer Kovacs and Michael Goodisman collecting yellow jacket nests.

Dressed in protective gear, graduate student Jennifer Kovacs and assistant professor Michael Goodisman collect yellow jacket nests from an Atlanta resident's yard. The researchers use the nests they collect to study the social dynamics within yellow jacket colonies.

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Photo of assistant professor Michael Goodisman holding a section of yellow jacket's nest.

Assistant professor Michael Goodisman studies the social dynamics of yellow jackets, which includes multiple sex partners, extreme cooperation and a caste system.

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