Woman Stung by Paper Wasp

Subject: Early Attacker
Location: Rockmart, GA
October 6, 2016 8:53 am
I just got stung by this bee this am around 7:30 a.m. I live in Rockmart, Georgia. Do they deposit stinger? What is this?
Signature: Cyndi

Paper Wasp
Paper Wasp

Dear Cyndi,
This is a social Paper Wasp in the genus
Polistes, not a Bee.  It might be Polistes bahamensis which is pictured on BugGuide and listed as being found in “FL, GA and LA” according to BugGuide.  Of the genus, BugGuide notes:  “Not as aggressive as Hornets, Yellowjackets. May be considered beneficial to gardeners because of predation on herbivorous insects.”  Social Wasps, including Paper Wasps, are most likely to sting when defending the nest from perceived threats, or when they are accidentally or purposely handled.  Social Wasps are able to sting multiple times, and the stinger is not left behind.   

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