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  • Red Paper Wasp - (Polistes spp.)

    Red Paper Wasp - (Polistes spp.)

    Red with black wings, Red Paper Wasps meander around shrubs, flowers, hose wranglers, and patio furniture looking for places to call home.

    Staff Writer (8/25/2017): The name Red Paper Wasp is represented by a couple of species in this genus. All have orange-red bodies and jet black wings. They lazily fly at low levels, occasionally landing on people, pets and objects before flying off again, sometimes without being noticed. Red Paper Wasps are not aggressive, but they do sting if threatened.

    Nests are built using saliva and vegetation. These gray papier mâché homes are attached to a variety of objects including bushes, shed and home eaves, and outdoor storage containers for water hoses and patio cushions. They start out small, but grow quickly and contain chambers for eggs and pupae that are guarded by caretakers. Activity by adults in a particular area is a good sign that a nest has been established nearby.

    Red Paper Wasps are great predators of caterpillars in order to feed their larvae. This makes them biological controls that help contain the chewing damage that many species of caterpillars cause on crops. Adults drink nectar from flowers and help pollinate them. Red Paper Wasps are comfortable in a variety environments from wild to urban/suburban.

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    Red Paper Wasp

    Category: Bee, Ant, Wasp and Similar
    Common name: Red Paper Wasp
    Scientific Name: Polistes spp.

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

    Size (Adult, Length): 12mm to 25mm (0.47in to 0.98in)

    Identifying Colors: red, black

    Additional Descriptors: slow, walking, red, stinging, flying

    North American Reach (Though Not Limited To*): Alabama; Arkansas; Connecticut; Delaware; Florida; Georgia; Illinois; Indiana; Iowa; Kansas; Kentucky; Louisiana; Maine; Maryland; Massachusetts; Michigan; Minnesota; Mississippi; Missouri; Nebraska;New Hampshire; New Jersey; New York; North Carolina; North Dakota; Ohio; Oklahoma; Pennsylvania; Rhode Island; South Carolina; South Dakota; Tennessee; Texas; Vermont; Virginia; West Virginia; Wisconsin; New Brunswick; Newfoundland and Labrador; Nova Scotia; Ontario; Prince Edward Island; Quebec; 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.

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