Geographic location of the bug: Northwest Florida
Time: 02:35 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman : Can you help me ID this guy. He looks like a red wasp but his wings look black
How you want your letter signed: Lin
This is a Paper Wasp in the genus Polistes, and we believe we have correctly identified it as a Fine-Backed Red Paper Wasp, Polistes carolina, thanks to images on BugGuide. Based on the BugGuide information page, there are several species that look similar.
Now we must take the time to apologize to you for the delay in our response and we want to let our readers know that Daniel’s hiatus has hopefully ended. Since his last posting on October 30, he ended a month stay in Ohio, took the train back across country, and completed teaching fall semester.
Daniel never had an opportunity to declare a Bug of the Month for November 2021, and though the month has long ended, this Paper Wasp is a perfect candidate for that distinction since BugGuide indicates they are commonly sighted in “Summer-fall.”