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Northern Paper Wasp

Polistes fuscatus


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


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


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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JanelleL.Streed 8 years ago

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

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Gordon Dietzman 8 years ago

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

ForestDragon 8 years ago

I believe this looks closest to Polistes fuscatus, Northern Paper Wasp:

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

SheaEckert 8 years ago

I'm thinking paper wasp.

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Minnesota, USA

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

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