Although they may be pests, yellow jackets are a beautiful custom design for pins!

The other day, I was working on my computer when I saw a yellow jacket buzzing around my cat’s food. Whoa, canned cat food for wasps? I was curious.

The yellow jacket crawled around the top of the food for a few seconds and finally found a place to eat. Yet, it did not just “dine and dash,” but spent some time rolling some food into a pea-sized ball. Then it took off, a little wobbly at first–with its glob to the nest.

I imagined thousands of larvae dining on Princess’ whitefish, getting fat and happy. But weren’t yellow jackets just flower and fruit lovers? Then I remembered a couple of them buzzed around my hot dog this summer, but I thought they were just interested in my 7up.

Experts say that yellow jackets are protein eaters, and eat other insects, meat, and fish. They can be very pesky at picnics and have been known to ruin some with their aggressive behavior.

The worker yellow jackets that forage for food are infertile females that serve the queen. Each season, they must feed anywhere from 10,000 to 15,000 larvae. Again and again, those determined yellow jackets came back and took some more cat food. Princess didn’t even notice.

With their hourglass figure and black-and-yellow banding, yellow jackets also make attractive lapel pins. One customer at The Monterey Company created one that would rival the real thing any day. It was an exquisite Cloisonné with shimmering colors and detailed cutouts.

Over the past 20 years, those at The Monterey Company have created many jewel-like lapel pins of everything that buzzes and crawls–from yellow jackets and bees to spiders and beetles. Let them create a one-of-a-kind lapel pin just for you!