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Nothern Paper Wasp

Polistes Fuscatus


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.


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.


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

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Florida, USA

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

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