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Western paper wasp
(Mischocyttarus flavitarsis)
Western paper wasp
The Western paper wasp is a black and yellow wasp with black head, black thorax with narrow bands and yellowish abdomen with dark bands. The legs are yellow and antenna are brownish. It builds an uncovered nest with single comb. The nest may be... Read more >
Red Paper Wasp
(Polistes annularis)
Red Paper Wasp
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... Read more >
Paper wasp
(Polistes apachus)
Paper wasp
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... Read more >
Golden paper wasp
(Polistes aurifer)
Golden paper wasp
The Golden paper wasp is variable in color. In some areas it is mainly black on the head and thorax, and has a golden yellow abdomen with black bands and a black tail tip. Wasps from southern areas are reddish and golden yellow with little black.... Read more >
Red Wasp
(Polistes carolina)
Red Wasp
The Red Wasp (Polistes carolina) as its name suggests is a reddish brown wasp. The head and body are mostly reddish brown with some indistinct browner banding on the abdomen. It is very similar to Polistes perplexus which is the only other red wasp... Read more >
European Paper Wasp
(Polistes dominula)
European Paper Wasp
The European Paper Wasp is a black and yellow striped wasp with distinctive orange antennae. This invasive pest species is different to native north American species, and is sometimes confused with the German Yellowjacket (Vespula germanica), but... Read more >
Common paper wasp
(Polistes exclamans)
Common paper wasp
Then Common paper wasp is a fairly brightly colored reddish brown wasp with black and yellow markings. The abdomen is mainly reddish brown with narrow yellow and black bands. Females have a mainly reddish thorax, and males have a mainly black... Read more >
Northern paper wasp
(Polistes fuscatus)
Northern paper wasp
The Northern paper slender wasp with narrow waist and is mainly black or dark brown with some yellowish or brown bands on the abdomen. The long legs are reddish brown, and hang downwards when the insect is in flight. The nest is an umbrella shape... Read more >
Paper wasp
(Polistes metricus)
Paper wasp
Polistes metricus is a dark reddish brown paper wasp from eastern North America. The thorax has some black lines and the abdomen is dark brown or black. The legs are yellow. Males have a yellow face and females have a red brown face. The nest is an... Read more >
Red-brown paper wasp
(Polistes olivaceus)
Red-brown paper wasp
The Red-brown paper wasp is a yellow wasp fine black marking on the thorax and fine dark brown to almost black wavy markings on the abdomen. The legs are yellow, and the antennae are also yellow. It builds a round flat paper-like nest from chewed... Read more >