Classification
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  • Scientific Names
    • Vespidae
  • English
    • paper wasps
    • Hornets and Paper Wasps
    • Social Wasp
    • Wapi
  • Chinese (Traditional)
    • 胡蜂科
  • Spanish
    • Avispones y avispas del papel

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Recent observations

Photos / Sounds

Square

What

Common Yellowjacket Vespula vulgaris

Observer

denniswross

Date

October 16, 2014

Place

woods Gap (Google, OSM)

Description

Yellow jacket nest in the ground dug up by a bear.

Photos / Sounds

Observer

phm8871

Date

February 25, 2015 02:02 PM CST

Description

Northern Paper Wasp Nest several years in the making. Location is rural and the nest is in a hackberry tree up approximately 30 feet. Shot with a 500 mm telephoto lens off a tripod. Somewhere around 100 individuals were visible, sunning themselves after several cold, overcast days.

"Distributional Checklist of Species
of the Genus Polistes
(Hymenoptera: Vespidae; Polistinae, Polistini)" by
JAMES M. CARPENTER, 1996 states that P. fuscatus occurs to South Texas

Photos / Sounds

What

Paper Wasps Genus Polistes

Observer

magazhu

Date

February 25, 2015

Photos / Sounds

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What

Polistes dominulus Polistes dominula

Observer

annemirdl

Date

August 29, 2014

Photos / Sounds

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What

Hornets and Paper Wasps Family Vespidae

Observer

finatic

Date

February 7, 2015 02:08 PM PST

Description

San Diego County, California, US

Photos / Sounds

Square

Observer

gonzalezii

Date

November 21, 2014 01:33 PM CST

Photos / Sounds

What

paper wasps (Vespidae) Family Vespidae

Observer

loarie

Date

February 24, 2015 08:36 AM PST

Photos / Sounds

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What

potter wasp Eumenes fraternus

Observer

scottking

Date

September 3, 2013 02:40 PM CDT

Description

Potter Wasp
St Olaf Natural Lands
Northfield, Minnesota

Photos / Sounds

What

Northern Paper Wasp Polistes fuscatus

Observer

scottking

Date

September 3, 2013 02:18 PM CDT

Description

Northern Paper Wasp
St Olaf Natural Lands
Northfield, Minnesota

Photos / Sounds

Square

Observer

nicoolejnik

Date

August 25, 2010

Photos / Sounds

Square

Observer

nicoolejnik

Date

September 6, 2012

Photos / Sounds

Square

What

European Paper Wasp Polistes dominula

Observer

khimmler

Date

July 1, 2014

Description

Fun fact: if a wasp gives you this look while you're taking its picture, it's about to sting you and you should probably back away. Ouch.

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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.