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Subject: ugly pictures of a pretty wasp
Location: Catoctin Mountains, Maryland
December 12, 2012 1:43 pm
Hi!
I accidentally dumped some water on this wasp in the kitchen sink. I scooped it out and let it dry off for a while before it could fly again and I put it outside. It stung me once on the wrist, which itches and doesn’t really hurt. I didn’t even notice until a few minutes afterward. What kind of wasp is this? Does it have a nest to go to? It’s very sleek and pretty, with kind of an amber body and big eyes with legs that are darker toward the body than they are on the end.
Signature: Jenny

Paper Wasp, we believe

Hi Jenny,
The general size and shape of this wasp looks like that of a Paper Wasp in the genus
Polistes, but we cannot be certain since your photo lacks clarity.  In general coloration, it does resemble this photo of Polistes fuscatus from BugGuide.  Paper Wasps are social wasps that build a nest with a papery texture from chewed wood.  In colder climates, the workers die of in the winter and only the new queens hibernate.  The nest is abandoned with the onset of cold weather and in the spring, the new queen begins a new nest and a new colony. Because of you kind deed, we are tagging your post with the Bug Humanitarian Award.

Aww, yay!  Thank you.  Sorry for the blurry photograph!  It was a time-sensitive moment that required me to settle with my low-quality cell phone for a picture.  I love the work you guys do.  Your website has been my homepage for about 3 years and it remains one of my favorite places on the web.

Hi again Jenny,
We are happy to hear our website gives you such pleasure.

What's That Bug? does not endorse extermination
Location: Maryland
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