Subject:  Wasp, maybe a queen
Geographic location of the bug:  20min North of Boston
Date: 11/29/2017
Time: 05:33 PM EDT
This was outside in late November temp was probably 45 degrees looks to be a queen … Note the red antennas
How you want your letter signed:  William Mundy

European Paper Wasp

Dear William,
Based on images posted to BugGuide, we are confident this is a European Paper Wasp,
Polistes dominula, and introduced species.  According to BugGuide:  “mostly orange antennae diagnostic” and “Only females are able to overwinter.”  Considering the time of year, this is most likely a female that will overwinter.  BugGuide also notes:  “First reported in North America in 1978 near Boston, MA  Replacing native wasps in some areas.”

Location: Boston, Massachusetts

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