This is a type of wasp.

Yellow-jacket is the common name in North America for predatory social wasps. Most of these are black and yellow like the eastern yellowjacket, some are black and white like the bald-faced hornet, Others may have the abdomen background color red instead of black. They can be identified by their distinctive markings, their occurrence only in colonies, and a characteristic, rapid, side-to-side flight pattern prior to landing. All females are capable of stinging. Yellowjackets are important predators of pest.