While checking my vege garden this morning I saw what looked like a paper wasp patrolling a 2yo plum tree. No surprise, get a lot of those here... but this one struck me as a little different. I went to get my phone to photo it, (or a container, which-ever was nearest to kitchen door) but it was gone by time I got back. Watched for another all day, but no luck...
Currently this form, Polistes "texanus" is recognized as a synonym of P. apachus. Note the pattern about the eye as referenced here to separate it from P. apachus bugguide.net/node/view/715494
Potter wasp making a nest (pot) on the side of my swimming pool. Took her about 5 hours to complete it.
Periferia Presa Constitución 1917. San Juan del Río, Querétaro. Laura Uribe, Grupo Vasconcelos.
Just the nest, no wasps seen on it or in the area
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...