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Northern Paper Wasp

Polistes fuscatus

Description:

A black, brown and yellow...wasp (?) with a spot or circle on its lower body

Habitat:

In native prairie grass fields, full-sun, seemed to really like this particular flower

Notes:

Due to its coloring, I kept a good distance from this wasp (?) as it looked like its sting would be painful if provoked.

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4 Comments

JanelleL.Streed
JanelleL.Streed 8 years ago

Thank you so much for your help identifying this wasp ForestDragon, Gordon Dietzman and SheaEckert!! :-)))

Gordon Dietzman
Gordon Dietzman 8 years ago

I'd agree that this is Northern Paper Wasp, Polistes fuscatus.

ForestDragon
ForestDragon 8 years ago

I believe this looks closest to Polistes fuscatus, Northern Paper Wasp:
http://bugguide.net/node/view/14227

There are a lot of similarities within this Genus that can make ID difficult at times.

SheaEckert
SheaEckert 8 years ago

I'm thinking paper wasp.

JanelleL.Streed
Spotted by
JanelleL.Streed

Minnesota, USA

Spotted on Aug 22, 2013
Submitted on Feb 16, 2014

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