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Northern Paper Wasps aka Dark Paper Wasps. Slender bodies with a distinct “waist”; Reddish-brown body with yellow bands; Females have venomous sting, males do not; In males, curved tips of antennae and more yellow coloring; there are a variety of patterns on the abdomen and thorax and some have yellow splotches, long stripes, small dots or a combination of patterns.
They often nest around human development. However, it greatly prefers areas in which wood is readily available for use as nest material, therefore they are also found near and in woodlands and savannas. This description fits perfectly with where I found this spotting: in a wooden fence along a wooded nature trail.
Spotted on Sep 7, 2020
Submitted on Sep 22, 2021