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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.”

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Subject:  Wasp?
Geographic location of the bug:  Adelaide Australia
Date: 10/17/2017
Time: 03:33 AM EDT
Hi I’m just wondering if you can tell me what bug this is theres little things like this all over the outside of house
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Paper Wasp

This is a Paper Wasp in the genus Polistes, possibly Polistes humilis, based on this Atlas of Living Australia posting.

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Subject: Mystery Nest thing
Location: Oklahoma, USA
August 13, 2017 11:02 pm
This is up above out back doorway and I cant find it anywhere on google or anywhere! Mum thought it was a birds nest…
Signature: Edward

Paper Wasp Nest

Dear Edward,
This appears to be the nest of a Paper Wasp in the genus Polistes.  The individuals in your image look very dark, leading us to believe they might be
Polistes metricus which is described on BugGuide as “Very dark–abdomen is black and the thorax dark reddish-brown with black lines. Tibiae and tarsi are yellow.”  Based on BugGuide data, the species is reported from Kansas.  Of the genus, BugGuide notes:  “Not as aggressive as Hornets or Yellowjackets. Often build nests under eaves. May be considered beneficial to gardeners (feed on herbivorous insects).”

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Subject: Wasp
Location: Cherry Hill NJ
July 24, 2017 3:39 pm
I believe this is a paper wasp, but I could also be wrong. I do not know what is in her mouth though. So my question is, what is that? It’s cool regardless, but is it food, or larva maybe?
Signature: Jamie

Paper Wasp with Prey

Dear Jamie,
This is indeed a Paper Wasp in the genus
Polistes.  Paper Wasps are solitary wasps and workers set out from the nest to forage for food for the larvae.  Paper Wasps frequently prey upon Caterpillars that they skin in the field, then roll the meat into a ball to more easily transport the food back to the nest.

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Subject: Not a mud dauber?
Location: Tybee Island, Ga
May 23, 2017 4:23 am
This nest appeared in our windowsill a few weeks ago with 3 insects now there are more though the best has not grown much. My husband thinks it is a mud dauber but I don’t agree as the nest is not made of mud, we have a lot of mud dauber that do nest on the house. Any ideas of how we should handle it?
Signature: Tybee resident

Nesting Paper Wasps

Dear Tybee resident,
You are correct that this is not a Mud Dauber Nest.  Mud Daubers are solitary wasps and a single female constructs the nest.  This is a Paper Wasp nest and the wasps are in the genus
Polistes, but we cannot make out the species based on your image.  Though they are not considered aggressive, Paper Wasps might sting in they perceive their nest to be threatened.   

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Subject: Robber Fly
Location: Brackenfell, Western Cape
April 6, 2017 12:28 am
Saw it in our garden during Desember 2016 in Brackenfell, Western Cape. Have never seen it before and I have been living here many years. Are they found all over South Africa?
regards
Signature: Jackie

Carpenter Bee Robber Fly eats Paper Wasp

Dear Jackie,
This Carpenter Bee Robber Fly,
Hyperechia marshalli, feeding on what appears to be a Paper Wasp is a marvelous addition to our Food Chain page.  We are not certain of the exact extent of its range in South Africa, but in our own archives, we have gotten reports from Johannesburg and Gauteng as well as Tanzania.

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