Fine-backed Red Paper Wasp

Polistes carolina

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One of two types of red paper wasps, Polistes carolina is a species of social wasp (subfamily Polistinae) in the family Vespidae. They are most commonly found in the eastern US from Texas through Nebraska. The wasp's common name is due to the reddish-brown color of its head and body. Red paper wasps are known to construct some of the largest nests of any wasp species and prefer to build their nests in protected spaces.

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  1. (c) Tracey Fandre, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-ND), https://www.inaturalist.org/photos/7090233
  2. (c) Wikipedia, some rights reserved (CC BY-SA), https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Polistes_carolina

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