On Swamp Milkweed. Help ID
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Multiple individuals on Hamelia, Bidens alba, Eupatorium greggi, African blue basil, Passiflora Incense. At first observation: 75F, overcast, sprinkling lightly. I was able to observe only through the early afternoon; by 10 AM, it was still overcast, but sun was coming through and insect activity was increasing.
The Vespidae are a large (nearly 5,000 species), diverse, cosmopolitan family of wasps, including nearly all the known eusocial wasps (such as Polistes annularis) and many solitary wasps. Each social wasp colony includes a queen and a number of female workers with varying degrees of sterility relative to the queen. In temperate social species, colonies usually only last one year, dying at the onset of winter. New queens and males (drones) are produced towards the end...