Subject: Red Wasp in Florida
Location: St Petersburg, Florida
March 6, 2017 12:26 pm
A friend took the attached picture near St. Petersburg, Florida. It looks like a wasp, and it’s certainly red. I know, though, that some bees look a lot like wasps.
Can you please identify the species for us? We’re both curious about it.
Signature: Jay Bryant
Because of the shape and color of the wings and the way they are held, we believe this is a Paper Wasp in the genus Polistes, but we cannot locate any images on BugGuide that match the coloration on your individual. Are there any images showing the face of this Wasp?
I asked my friend, Lesley Wilson, whom I have Cc’d on this message, if she had other images, and she did. I have attached all four (including a larger version of the original) as a zip file.
You mentioned that you didn’t have photos of a member of the species with this coloration. Lesley said she’d be fine with your using her images on your site, though she’d like to put her name on them first.
These new images are a big help, though we still cannot provide you with a definite species identification. Also thank Lesley Wilson for her contribution. This is a Mason Wasp or Potter Wasp in the Subfamily Eumeninae, and the closest matches we can locate on BugGuide are Delta rendalli which is pictured on BugGuide and Zeta argillaceum which is also pictured on BugGuide. Both species are found in Florida.
Update from the Photographer
Good afternoon, Daniel Marlos. My friend Jay Bryant submitted some of my photos of a wasp to you for identification. I’m attaching accredited copies of photos of the wasp for your website use, should you so desire. I am happy to share my photos as long as they are appropriately accredited.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.
When Jay submitted the original request, he indicated a friend took them. Then he provided additional images at our request that led to us identifying this Mason or Potter Wasp. You are credited in the text of the posting, however I will need to remove all the images and repost them if you want your credit embedded in the images. Please advise.
Ed. Note: Our staff has replaced the original images with the new images supplied by Lesley Wilson, the photographer. Visit her FlickR site for more of Lesley’s work.