Subject: Stinging flying insect.
Location: Mesa Arizona
August 18, 2014 1:26 pm
I was stung today by these lovely little guys, when I went to insect identification and clicked Arizona, I however was at a loss to find them! The nest is smaller than a baseball and they’re probably only 1 1/2 inches in length (not that I got close enough to measure) I was wondering if you could help my figure out just who’s living in my hedge bush!
These are Paper Wasps in the genus Polistes, and they are social wasps that build nests. Generally, solitary wasps are not aggressive, but social wasps will defend the nest. With that said, Paper Wasps are not as aggressive as Yellowjackets or Hornets, but they will still defend the nest. We believe your individuals are Polistes flavus based on images posted to BugGuide.