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Ropalidia sp.


Seen sucking a caterpillar. Polistes stigma has a mainly brown base colour. The legs and antennae are a lighter colour. The end of the first abdominal segment displays a narrow yellow ring. The last three segments are yellow, inter-marked with brown. The wings are the most distinctive feature; on the edge of each forewing, which are clear, there is a noticeable dark spot. This is one of the smallest Polistes species, reaching merely 14mm on average. The wasp picked the caterpillar and flew off.


Seen in my garden.


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Wild Things
Wild Things 8 years ago

Thanks Marco!

MarcoSelis 8 years ago

Polistes stigma

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Maharashtra, India

Spotted on May 9, 2014
Submitted on May 10, 2014

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