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  Paper Wasp (Polistes sp)





Paper Wasp | Polistes sp photo
Paper Wasp

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Paper Wasp | Polistes sp photo
Paper Wasp feeding on nectar

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PAPER WASP FACTS

Identification
This paper wasp is black or brown, with yellow bands. They can give a painful sting if you disturb the nest. If you want to get rid of ones near the house, it is safest to spray them at night when they are at rest.

Size
12mm

Habitat
Amongst branches and sheltered areas such as under eaves of houses.

Breeding
Makes papery nest . The nest has short stalk. The cells are closed when larvae pupate



Classification
Class:Insecta
Order:Hymenoptera
Family:Vespidae
Genus:Polistes
Species:sp
Common Name:Paper Wasp

Relatives in same Genus
  European Paper Wasp (P. dominulus)
  Common Paper Wasp (P. humilis)
  Tropical Paper Wasp (P. stigma)