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  Paper Wasp (Ropalidia revolutionalis)





Paper Wasp | Ropalidia revolutionalis photo
Paper wasp on nest.

Photograph copyright: ozwildlife - all rights reserved. Used with permission.

Paper Wasp | Ropalidia revolutionalis photo
Paper wasps on nest

Photograph copyright: ozwildlife - all rights reserved. Used with permission.



PAPER WASP FACTS

Identification
The paper wasp is a smallish dark brown wasp with some lighter brown markings. It often suspends its paper nest from hanging baskets, eaves or plants around the house. 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
10mm

Habitat
Often nests around houses in shrubbery, hanging baskets, under eaves.

Breeding
Makes long thin paper nest that hangs down, and is several centimetres long. An egg is laid in each cell. Several wasps attend the nest.



Classification
Class:Insecta
Order:Hymenoptera
Family:Vespidae
Genus:Ropalidia
Species:revolutionalis
Common Name:Paper Wasp

Relatives in same Genus
  No common name (R. socialistica)