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Paper Wasp


A larger wasp about 4cm long, seen individually. 'Scarily' large but this one didn't seem to be at all aggressive. Striking colouration with a narrow black band, hooking as it passes over the side of the abdomen, with a mainly yellow thicker strip. Stripes on the head and thorax oppose those on the abdomen and are simpler. Wings are opaque and the colour of burnt caramel. A very chunky wasp


Not sure of habitat, but with a moderate climate in Niue all year round, this wasp was spotted mid-winter so would not appear to hibernate. This one spotted on some railings next to the Avatele Beach in Niue. Saw another couple over a week.


There is very little information on any of the creatures either endemic, native or introduced to Niue. Very limited access research on my part hasn't thrown any light on a more scientific description

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triggsturner 5 years ago

Nice spotting Rach. I once had an up close and personal encounter with either this species or one very like it in Tonga!

remkinloch 5 years ago

Hi Mark

Thank you for the ID and the commentary. It is a cool wee critter!

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 5 years ago

Spectacular. I think it's probably Polistes olivaceus which is also found in Tonga, Samoa, Fiji.

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Spotted on Aug 3, 2017
Submitted on Oct 23, 2017

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