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Nothern Paper Wasp

Polistes Fuscatus

Description:

Paper wasps are 0.7 to 1.0 inch long wasps that gather fibers from dead wood and plant stems, which they mix with saliva, and use to construct water-resistant nests made of gray or brown papery material. Paper wasps are also sometimes called umbrella wasps, due to the distinctive design of their nests.

Habitat:

The very social Northern Paper Wasp will make a nest in unexpected places. I found this nest in the Sapodilla tree in my backyard, too close to my Passiflora Suberosa vine that is hosting Zebra Heliconian and Gulf Fritillary caterpilars.

Notes:

I am going to get rid of them since I found out they feed on Zebra Heliconian and Gulf Fritillary Caterpillars. Any ideas on how to do it? I absolutely do not want to be stinged. Since their territoriality can lead to attacks on people, and because their stings are quite painful and can produce a potentially fatal anaphylactic reaction in some individuals, nests in human-inhabited areas may present an unacceptable hazard.

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Ava T-B
Ava T-B 6 years ago

Please consider adding this spotting to the Animal Architecture mission at http://www.projectnoah.org/missions/8082...

LilianaCampozano
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LilianaCampozano

Florida, USA

Spotted on Dec 15, 2015
Submitted on Dec 15, 2015

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