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Metricus Paper Wasp

Polistes metricus

Description:

Large paper wasp. Black wings and abdomen. Redish brown head and thorax.

Habitat:

Blueberry bushes

Notes:

This wasp was cutting its way through the webs of Fall Web Worms to get at the caterpillars feeding within. I once observed a wasp kill a caterpillar. Within a few seconds it skinned the caterpillar, rolled the skin up into a ball and flew off. Leaving a mushy glob which ants immediately were on. The wasp returned but the ants fought it off.

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tomk3886
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tomk3886

Florida, USA

Spotted on Jun 20, 2020
Submitted on Jun 23, 2020

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