Black and yellow lines on the head, thorax and abdomen. The body is curved and wider than the head. The abdomen narrows at its attachment to the thorax, which is thinner than the abdomen. The antennae are black. The individuals of the species range in size from 1/2 inch to 5/8 inch. The queens are the largest, followed by the males and then the workers.
While they can be found almost anywhere, they are most likely to be seen at picnics and BBQs as they are often attracted to the foods and sweet beverages.