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