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  • German
    • Hornissen und Soziale Wespen
  • English
    • Social Wasps
    • Hornets and Paper Wasps
    • Wapi
  • Scientific Names
    • Vespidae
  • Chinese (Traditional)
    • 胡蜂科
  • Spanish
    • Avispones y avispas del papel

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Recent observations

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Observer

calopteryx

Date

August 22, 2015 11:19 AM EDT

Photos / Sounds

Square

What

Common Paper Wasp Polistes exclamans

Observer

phm8871

Date

August 27, 2015 04:26 PM CDT

Photos / Sounds

Square

What

Red Wasp Polistes carolina

Observer

phm8871

Date

August 27, 2015 04:31 PM CDT

Description

Prime pollinator in TX Coastal Bend for Mexican Poinsettia

Photos / Sounds

What

Bald-faced Hornet Dolichovespula maculata

Observer

lindynik

Date

August 18, 2015 07:44 PM CDT

Photos / Sounds

What

Hornets and Yellowjackets Subfamily Vespinae

Observer

shendriks

Date

August 27, 2015 10:32 AM CDT

Photos / Sounds

Square

What

Red Wasp Polistes carolina

Observer

aguilita

Date

August 26, 2015

Description

Red Wasp (Polistes carolina)

26 August 2015: The large Red Wasp (Polistes carolina) was one among several different kinds of wasps that were present at the remaining water holes on Cooper Creek next to Avondale Park in Denton, Texas. We can’t be sure what it is that this particular Red Wasp that we photographed had but it seems to be the head of another insect in its mouth while it is at the creek drawing water at the same time. We will leave that mystery to be solved or explained by those who know far more about wasp behavior and especially that of the Red Wasp than we do. But we found this odd and interesting at the same time. We could be totally wrong about this thing being the head of another insect, but there does seem to be a pair of eyes that shows through the details in the image. The City of Denton, Texas administers Avondale Park.

Source: “Red Wasp (Polistes carolina),” iNaturalist, accessed 8.26.16, https://www.inaturalist.org/taxa/121792-Polistes-carolina

Photos / Sounds

What

Hornets and Yellowjackets Subfamily Vespinae

Observer

molanic

Date

August 18, 2015 02:02 PM CDT

Place

(Somewhere...)

Description

Hornets and Yellowjackets (Vespinae)

Nest in compost pile was ransacked and ripped up, probably by a skunk. This large wasp was crawling around on ground (queen maybe?), smaller workers were aggressively swarming the area.

Photos / Sounds

What

Northern Paper Wasp Polistes fuscatus

Observer

celticcail

Date

August 26, 2015

Description

Hanging around my office, on my field guides.

Apparently, a male, according to BugGuide - the hooked antennae and yellow face.

Photos / Sounds

Observer

scottking

Date

August 26, 2015 01:47 PM CDT

Description

Mason Wasp
St Olaf Natural Lands
Northfield, Minnesota

Photos / Sounds

What

Common Aerial Yellowjacket Dolichovespula arenaria

Observer

scottking

Date

August 26, 2015 01:48 PM CDT

Description

Common Aerial Yellowjacket, male
St Olaf Natural Lands
Northfield, Minnesota

Photos / Sounds

What

Hornets and Paper Wasps Family Vespidae

Observer

joseph8

Date

July 22, 2015 07:35 PM CDT

Description

Approx. 25mm

Photos / Sounds

What

Paper Wasps Genus Polistes

Observer

sambiology

Date

August 20, 2015

Description

Ok, so I am really frustrated by this wasp... No, not its ID, but what it has on its abdomen... I wish wish wish I would have had a bag with me. I would have caught this wasp, frozen it, and then excavated the parasites! I think they're twisted winged parasites!!!

http://bugguide.net/node/view/9667

Ah well. Maybe next time. :)

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Description from Wikipedia

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...

No range data available.