Not So Common
This appears to be the german yellowjacket as opposed to our usual common wasp. It’s smaller and angrier, stinging for no reason. Although I could be wrong….. Fortunately today he was a bit cold and docile.
An interesting fact:
The german yellowjacket hives have a system of dividing up work that involves focusing on one task at a time and eventually specializing in a different task. These wasps have the cognitive ability to remember certain feeding spots even after there is no food remaining. They also practice "worker policing" where the queen will eat eggs laid by other wasps to ensure her offspring are dominant.