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Male Paper Wasp, missing wings

Polistes fuscatus


Found this male paper wasp near some potted plants on my deck. Head of a screw in the deck boards for size comparison. He was unable to fly as he was missing his wings, possibly from a fight with a predator or rival wasp, or some kind of birth defect. I let it hang out in the flowers, but I'm not sure how long it made it after that.


Rural deciduous area, Clermont County

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Dark Paper Wasp
Polistes fuscatus

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Ohio, USA

Spotted on Aug 25, 2017
Submitted on Jan 30, 2018

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