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Paper Wasp


Small wasps about 10 to 12 mm body length . Shown here is a complete package - nest, eggs, larvae and adult. Armed with a painful sting.


Usually found nesting on low bushes or thick foliage plants, on secondary forests, cultivated and populated land.

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Paper wasp
Polistes exclamans Viereck Polistes exclamans

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Scott Frazier
Scott Frazier 9 years ago

Hello Shekainah. (Most) Paper wasps are colonial nesters and do not engage in the kind of Brooding behavior I have listed in the description of my mission "Brooding behavior in insects and other invertebrates" (see my previous comment) and the mission statement. But I certainly welcome any of your spottings (usually not wasps) which do! Thanks

Scott Frazier
Scott Frazier 9 years ago

Hello, as I understand it Polistes engages in a kind of parental care called allomaternal care which is really a kind of social worker behavior "[they] become workers that direct maternal behavior toward siblings in the presence of a reproducing female (most often their mother)". In any event it is not "INDIVIDUAL "parent" animals taking care of their OWN young." as requested by the mission statement. [Technical links which explain this behavior: and and ] Thanks for your interest in this mission.

Yes Ashish thank you very much, it is a match with your spotting.

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 9 years ago

Shekainah I just asked you to check that link. I already commented as it is a Paper Wasp...
If you get help from my spotting....

Im not sure really Ate Agnes so in the meantime I just remove the scientific name. Kuya Jolly have related spotting but I think it looks a little different.

Shekai, pls check. P. exclamans seems to be a North American species.

@ Ashish Nimkar, Asian giant hornet are too big, while these wasps are smaller.

Thanks for the ID FoTony.

Kwestbeld 9 years ago

It looks like Asian Paper Wasp "Polistes chinensis" but I didn't think they were that red.

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 9 years ago

Paper wasp

Roxas City, Antique, Philippines

Spotted on Dec 8, 2012
Submitted on Dec 31, 2012

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