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 Red Paper Wasp (Polistes annularis)




Red Paper Wasp | Polistes annularis photo
mature red wasp (Polistes annularis) nest

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RED PAPER WASP FACTS

Description
The Red Paper Wasp has a reddish brown head and thorax, with reddish brown on front part of the abdomen. The rest of the abdomen is black, separated from the red by a yellow ring. Northern populations are darker in color with more black on the thorax Males and females are similar in appearance. The legs are variable in color from reddish brown to black and the wings are dark. The paper-like nest is built on a branch or twig of a shrub or tree and sometimes on a building structure such as eaves of roofs. Nests may contain up to five hundred cells. This wasp can sting repeatedly but is not as aggressive as some other species.

Other Names
Red Wasp

Size
about 20mm

Environment
various habitats including residential and industrial areas.

Food
preys on caterpillars

Breeding
The Queen wasp hibernates over winter and emerges in spring to start building the nest, laying an egg in each cell in the nest. The eggs hatch into larvae which eventually pupate before hatching into the next generation of adult wasps.

Range
Polistes annularis is found in the eastern half of the United States from South Dakota to Texas at the west of eth range to Ney York to Florida in the east.

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


Relatives in same Genus
  Paper wasp (P. apachus)
  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)