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  • Paper Wasp - (Polistes spp)

    Paper Wasp - (Polistes spp)

    Paper Wasps come in a variety of colors and patterns, but all of them let people know its best to keep a safe distance from a nest.




    Staff Writer (2/8/2017): Paper Wasps are part of the Vespid Wasp family. They form nests by chewing wood, forming a sort of paper mash with their saliva. The color of the nest can vary from gray to brown, depending on the type of wood that is used to build it. This paper mash is formed into round cells that will eventually house eggs and their food ration. Paper wasps sting other insects, paralyzing them, and bring them back to the nest. The paralyzed insects are stored in a cell with a fertilized egg. Once the egg hatches, the wasp larva will eat the living, immobile insect. It will then pupate and emerge as a winged adult.

    Paper wasps build their nests in a variety of places: in shrubs, on buildings, in trees, etc.. They are generally easy-going and do not tend to chase after people passing by, but they can and will sting if their nest is disturbed.

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    Details of the:
    Paper Wasp


    Category: Bee, Ant, Wasp and Similar
    Common name: Paper Wasp
    Scientific Name: Polistes spp
    Other Names: Umbrella Wasp

    Taxonomy:
      Kingdom: Animalia
       Phylum: Arthropoda
        Class: Insecta
         Order: Hymenoptera
          Family: Vespidae
           Genus: Polistes
            Species: spp





    Size (Adult, Length): 12mm to 20mm (0.47in to 0.79in)

    Identifying Colors: red, yellow, black

    Additional Descriptors: banded, striped, flying, stinging, colorful, mulitcolored


    North American Reach (Though Not Limited To*): Alabama; Arkansas; Delaware; Florida; Georgia; Illinois; Indiana; Iowa; Kansas; Kentucky; Louisiana; Maryland; Mississippi; Missouri; Nebraska; New Jersey; North Carolina; Ohio; Pennsylvania; South Carolina; Tennessee; Texas; Virginia; West Virginia; Mexico


    * Keep in mind that an insect's reach is not limited by lines on a map and therefore may appear in areas/regions/states beyond those listed above.