Most of these are black and yellow some can be black and white. They can be identified by their distinctive markings, their occurrence in colonies, and a characteristic, rapid, side-to-side flight pattern. All females are capable of stinging. A typical Yellow Jacket worker is about ½ inch long, the queen is larger. Workers are sometime confused with Honey Bees. Yellow Jackets are not covered with hair like Honey Bees. These species have lance-like stingers with barbs and will sting repeatedly. Yellow Jackets nests usually last for only one season, dying off in winter. The nest is stated by a single queen. The nest can reach the size of a basketball by the end of a season. Nests that survive multiple seasons become massive and often possess multiple egg-laying queens.