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 Paper wasp (Polistes apachus)




Paper wasp | Polistes apachus photo
Paper wasp (Polistes apachus)

Photograph by Whitney Cranshaw, Colorado State University, Bugwood.org. Some rights reserved.  (view image details)

Paper wasp | Polistes apachus photo
Paper wasp (Polistes apachus)

Photograph by Whitney Cranshaw, Colorado State University, Bugwood.org. Some rights reserved.  (view image details)

PAPER WASP FACTS

Description
Polistes apachus is a yellow and medium chocolate brown colored paper wasp. The face is yellow with some brown markings on the head. The thorax is yellow with brown on top with two longitudinal yellow stripes. The abdomen is banded with yellow and brown. The antenna are brown, and the legs are mainly yellow. The nest is large and circular made of paper-like substance, and usually build off the ground in trees or bushes, or building structures such as roof eaves. The nest may contain a few hundred cells. This wasp can be aggressive when disturbed. It can become a pest when it nests in agricultural plantations such as vines and olive trees.

Size
about 20mm

Environment
found in grassland, woodland, farmland and around dwellings.

Food
Polistes is a predatory wasp and fed on caterpillars.

Breeding
a solitary female wasp starts building the nest, which starts out as a stalk with hexagonal cells added to it. The female lays an egg in each cell of the nest. The eggs eventually hatch into larvae which develop and spin silk over the cell opening before pupating. The next generation of adult wasps emerge from the pupae.

Range
Polistes apachus is found in south western United States from Texas to Kansas, and also in California where it was introduced from the south west. It is also found in Mexico

Classification
Class:Insecta
Order:Hymenoptera
Family:Vespidae
Genus:Polistes
Species:apachus
Common Name:Paper wasp


Relatives in same Genus
  Red Paper Wasp (P. annularis)
  Golden paper wasp (P. aurifer)
  Red Wasp (P. carolina)
  European Paper Wasp (P. dominula)
  Common paper wasp (P. exclamans)
  Northern paper wasp (P. fuscatus)
  Paper wasp (P. metricus)
  Red-brown paper wasp (P. olivaceus)