Source: Official Guide for the GMAT 13th Ed. Sentence Correction; #102 Official Guide for the GMAT 2015 14th Ed. Sentence Correction; #102

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Yellow jackets number among the 900 or

Yellow jackets number among the 900 or so species of the world's social wasps, wasps living in a highly cooperative and organized society where they consist almost entirely of females-the queen and her sterile female workers.

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bilal muzaffar

can we have two wasps, wasps together?wouldnt it be redundant
Yellow jackets number among the 900 or so species
of the world’s social wasps, wasps

Apr 29, 2017 • Comment

Adam

Hi Bilal,

Although this looks strange, this is actually a very common construction: an appositive phrase used to define a term. So "wasps living in..." is all an appositive phrase that defines "social wasps."

You can read more about appositives here:

https://magoosh.com/gmat/2012/gmat-grammar-appositive-phrases/

Apr 29, 2017 • Reply

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Gravatar Mike McGarry, Magoosh Tutor

May 23, 2013 • Comment

Mike, I haven't come across better explanations on any other website. You're doing a really great job. Keep up the good work!

Jun 12, 2016 • Reply

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