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Subject: Wasp?
Location: Cerbat Mts. Arizona. Near Chloride.
September 22, 2013 8:38 pm
I took this picture Sept. 22, 2013 in the Cerbat Mts., near Chloride, Arizona. It was solitary and not very aggressive.
Signature: Walt Barnes

Paper Wasp

Paper Wasp

Hi Walt,
This appears to be a Paper Wasp in the genus
Polistes, and it is actually a social wasp.  We suspect this individual might be hunting for caterpillars or other insect prey on that oak tree so that it can return to the nest to feed the developing larvae.  It is difficult to be certain, but your individual appears to have markings similar to the Polistes comanchus pictured on BugGuide.

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Subject: Hornworm being attacked by Paper Wasps
Location: Miami, FL, USA
April 4, 2013 4:04 pm
I saw a half dozen paper wasps attacking the head of a fairly large hornworm. Have you ever heard of this behavior? (I cannot imagine them carrying it off, it was 4 inches long).
Signature: Steve W.

Hornworm attacked by Paper Wasps

Hornworm attacked by Paper Wasps

Dear Steve,
This Tobacco Hornworm appears to be eating a tomato plant, and it has “oblique whitish lateral lines”, so we suspect it might be
Manduca sexta, the Carolina Sphinx.  See BugGuide for additional information.  The Paper Wasps are in the genus PolistesPaper Wasps will attack caterpillars and skin them, transporting the balled up flesh to the nest where it is fed to the developing larvae.  They do not intend to carry off this Tobacco Hornworm.  We suspect they will work as a crew and bite off sections of the Tobacco Hornworm to carry it off to the nest.

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Subject: flies, stings and lives in groups in Gambia
Location: Gambia
December 11, 2012 2:26 pm
Hi, I took this pic in an outside storeroom, in an area called Sanchaba, near Serekunda, Gambia West Africa today, 12/12/12. It flies, stings very bad and lives in a kind on honeycomb style nest in a dark and would be damp place.
Signature: ginger badjie

Paper Wasps

Hi Ginger,
Your photo lacks clarity, but these appear to be Paper Wasps.  Paper Wasps are generally not aggressive, but like other social wasps, they will defend their nest.

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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.

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Subject: Wasp
Location: La Marque, Tx
November 17, 2012 2:47 pm
What kind of wasp is this?
Signature: Thank You, Tx Finest

Paper Wasp

Dear Tx Finest,
This is a Paper Wasp in the genus
Polistes.  We believe it is Polistes bellicosus based on the photos posted to BugGuide and this description:  “It has completely red hind femora.”

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Subject: pearly abdomen
Location: trinidad and tobago
August 20, 2012 11:16 am
this guy is just hanging out on the wall in my staircase…what is it?
Signature: danielle

Unknown Wasp

Hi Danielle,
We have been away from the office for three days and email requests have really piled up.  Identifying your wasp might take considerable research and we will have to return to that task.  The photo and creature are amazing looking and we want to post it as unidentified for now.  Hopefully one of our readers, who does not have several hundred emails to answer and make posts of the most interesting of them, can assist with the identification.

Karl identifies Nocturnal Paper Wasp
Hi Daniel and Danielle:
It looks like a Nocturnal Paper Wasp (Vespidae: Polistinae), probably in the genus Apoica.  As far as I can tell there are three species of Apoica in T&T (A. pallens, A. gelida and A. pallida). I am not sure which one this might be but it looks very similar to A. pallens, a species that occurs throughout much of Central and South America, and the Caribbean region.  Regards.  Karl

Thanks Karl,
As always, you are awesome and your contributions are greatly appreciated.

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