About the Project

The ZooTrophy Animal-a-Day project began on October 15th, 2013 as illustrator Angela "LemurKat" Oliver began working her way, systematically but selectively, through the alphabet and presenting, via social media, an illustrated animal to the world. Daily.

All pieces are drawn as 2.5 x 3.5 inch collectible cards, using a combination of polychromos and prismacolor pencils, along with other art materials. Many are still available for purchase ($10) or trade, so drop her an email if anything captures your eye or if there is an animal you wish to request.

It is predicted this project will take her at least two years to complete - with approximately 36 animals being drawn for each letter. She has also used the images to create a collectible hardback encyclopedia series, playing cards and a desk calendar, as well as the ZooTrophy collectible trading card game.

Monday, February 15, 2016

#820: Wasp

This Wasp is also a Yellowjacket.
I guess that's one less critter for Y.... Oh well...

Wasps are any of a large number of hymenoptera insects, related to ants and bees. There are numerous species, but the most commonly considered "wasps" are the vespidae Family. Soem species are solitary, whereas others are eusocial, like bees, living in large colonies with one very fertile female and less fertile workers. Many are yellow and black, like this yellowajcket, and can be distinguished from bees by their slender waist, or petiole. The larvae of most species are carnivorous, often parasitising other insects. The adults, however, follow a diet of nectar and play a role in pollination.

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