Male Northern Paper Wasp

Subject: Wasp?
Location: Brigantine, New Jersey, USA
August 20, 2014 1:30 pm
I wonder if you can help me out with the id of this one?!
Signature: Kristian

European Hornet???
Male Northern Paper Wasp

Hi Kristian,
Though the coloration is dark, especially on the abdomen, this looks like a European Hornet to us.  We have requested a second opinion.
This individual on BugGuide looks darker than most.

Correction Courtesy of Eric Eaton
Hi, Daniel:
Very nice image of a male Northern Paper Wasp, Polistes fuscatus.  A European Hornet would be much bigger, more robust in body shape, but I’ve seen both and the difference is striking to me.  I also don’t know what context or story came with the image.

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