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  Tropical Paper Wasp (Polistes stigma)





Tropical Paper Wasp | Polistes stigma photo
Polistes stigma wasp

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TROPICAL PAPER WASP FACTS

Identification
Polistes stigma is a small paper wasp. It is rich brown colour with lighter orange brown legs and antennae. The end of the abdomen is banded with yellow. The wings have a dark spot near the tip of each forewing.

Size
length 13mm

Food
The wasps take caterpillars to feed their larvae.

Breeding
builds a paper nest, usually hanging downwards with open cells on the bottom.

Range
subspecies Polistes stigma townsvillensis and Polistes stigma bernardii are native to Australia.



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

Relatives in same Genus
  European Paper Wasp (P. dominulus)
  Common Paper Wasp (P. humilis)
  Paper Wasp (P. unknown species)