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
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.