Polistes species wasp, not sure of species, but whatever it is, it is very common here locally.
Asian Wasp, also shining cuckoo
Site: Home Garden
23 Oct 2013.
Buckingham Springs, Bucks Co, PA.
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...