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Subject: honey wasp
Location: guatemala
December 5, 2016 11:02 am
i would like to know if the wasp on the picture is the honey wasp from mexico, the one that pollinates avocado
Signature: Alejandra Gutiérrez

Honey Wasp

Mexican Honey Wasp

Hi Alejandra,
Our first impression was that this is a Paper Wasp in the subfamily Polistinae, but when we researched the Mexican Honey Wasp,
Brachygastra mellifica, on BugEric, we learned that it is a member of the Paper Wasp subfamily.  Your individual does appear to be a Mexican Honey Wasp.  We have some nice images of the nest of Mexican Honey Wasps in our archives.

Daniel ! Thank you very much for the information you share, it has been very helpful for our research.

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Location: Morocco
November 24, 2016 10:09 am
Dear Daniel Marlos:
Just happened upon your site and decided to let you know about my own minor efforts in entomology. I spend a good deal of my time (retired) in Morocco and one thing I do is take photos of all sorts of subjects, including plenty of ‘bug’ pictures – especially bees and butterflies. Many are as yet to be uploaded since I’m trying to learn the basics about taxonomy but, alas, it’s slow going!
… Thanks for any help or suggestions you might offer.
Signature: Jearld Moldenhauer

Scarab Hunter Wasp, we believe

Scarab Hunter Wasp, we believe

Dear Jearld,
WE believe the hairy Hymenopteran is a Scarab Hunter Wasp in the family Scoliidae.  Here is an image that looks similar that is posted to PicClick, but we can’t find any information on the species.  Though the colors are quite different, the body morphology of this
Scolia dubia posted to BugGuide looks similar to that of your individual.  Your other wasp might be a Paper Wasp in the subfamily Polistinae.

Possibly Paper Wasp

Possibly Paper Wasp

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Subject: Early Attacker
Location: Rockmart, GA
October 6, 2016 8:53 am
I just got stung by this bee this am around 7:30 a.m. I live in Rockmart, Georgia. Do they deposit stinger? What is this?
Signature: Cyndi

Paper Wasp

Paper Wasp

Dear Cyndi,
This is a social Paper Wasp in the genus
Polistes, not a Bee.  It might be Polistes bahamensis which is pictured on BugGuide and listed as being found in “FL, GA and LA” according to BugGuide.  Of the genus, BugGuide notes:  “Not as aggressive as Hornets, Yellowjackets. May be considered beneficial to gardeners because of predation on herbivorous insects.”  Social Wasps, including Paper Wasps, are most likely to sting when defending the nest from perceived threats, or when they are accidentally or purposely handled.  Social Wasps are able to sting multiple times, and the stinger is not left behind.   

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Subject: identify an insect
Location: bahrain
September 21, 2016 9:59 pm
Want to know the name and what should do if bite ?
Signature: nilmi

Paper Wasps

Arabian Paper Wasps

Dear Nilmi,
These are Wasps, and we believe they may be Paper Wasps in the genus
Polistes.  Paper Wasps are social wasps, and though they are not aggressive, they might sting if their nest is disturbed.  If you are prone to allergic reactions, you may need to see a physician, but for most people, a sting will cause nothing more than local swelling and sensitivity.  We believe because of the bright yellow color, your Paper Wasps might be Polistes wattii which is pictured on both pBase and BirdsoMan where it is identified as the Arabian Paper Wasp.  Your image is awesome.

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Subject: paper wasp and goldenrod
Location: Troy, VA
September 23, 2016 12:28 pm
Hi Daniel,
I thought you might like this for your goldenroad meadow. I believe the wasp is some kind of paper wasp. The goldenrod by my house is mostly attracting wasps. I haven’t seen much else on it so far
Signature: Grace Pedalino

Paper Wasp

Paper Wasp

Dear Grace,
Thanks for contributing to our Goldenrod Meadow tag.  We agree that this is a Paper Wasp in the genus
Polistes, possibly Polistes annularis which is pictured on BugGuide.

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Subject: Hornet? Wasp?
Location: Holly Springs, NC
August 13, 2016 1:54 pm
Dear bugman,
What is this? Found a nest, was stung!
Signature: Ouch

Paper Wasp

Paper Wasp

We believe based on the image on Dick Locke’s site and this BugGuide image that this Paper Wasp may be Polistes dorsalis.  This is not an aggressive species, but they will defend the nest.

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