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Neotropical social wasp

Polistes major

Description:

Polistes major is a species of paper wasp.

Notes:

These wasps are in my room balcony, really hidden. I had to tell my brother to hold my body so I won't fall to the abyss and take the picture. My dad has tried to eradicate them for three times now, but it seems they don't care and always came and produce their nest again. So I told him I don't care living with them, I don't bother them and they don't hurt me, so I think we can share space.

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24 Comments

NoahJones
NoahJones 9 years ago

Awesome

Carolina
Carolina 9 years ago

Gracias Juan! Voy actualizar ya :)

Juan DiTrani
Juan DiTrani 9 years ago

Que tal Carolina, opino que si son Polistes. También es bien probable que sean P. major, que es común en mesoamerica y ha sido reportada para Colombia http://eol.org/pages/240138/overview

Carolina
Carolina 9 years ago

Do you guys think, these can be one of my wasps?

http://bugguide.net/node/view/202445
http://bugguide.net/node/view/203264

Elsa
Elsa 9 years ago

Very cool, they almost look like little robots!

Ava T-B
Ava T-B 9 years ago

My bee guy came and used a little smoke, cut down the nest and took it home where he relocates them around his garden. Before he left though, he sprayed where the nest had been with peppermint oil to hide the wasp's scent so they wouldn't start building another nest there. It seems to have worked.
Also, the wasps never bothered us even though they were building a big nest just above our door, (see my spottings for a picture of the wasp nest) but when my brother-in-law moved in with us, they kept landing on him and coming into the house on his shoulder. My bee guy said it was because he was musky, which he is.

CoraVajnai
CoraVajnai 9 years ago

Nice variety of a wasp!

p.young713
p.young713 9 years ago

I am always being bitten by bees etc..Never been bit by a Wasp that I can recall.

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 9 years ago

Welcome..!!
This wasp bitten me 2 times in my childhood. But pain was not much. No other insect bite me other than Mosquitoes.

p.young713
p.young713 9 years ago

Thank You Ashish!

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 9 years ago

Great work... a real learning lesson for me..!!

p.young713
p.young713 9 years ago

Your Welcome! Be careful, they do sting!

Carolina
Carolina 9 years ago

I will read that link, thank you!
I can't relocate them, if I knock the nest down it would fall to the abyss, I live in a building. I'll try something tonight, let's see how it goes.

p.young713
p.young713 9 years ago

I think it may kill some of them, but I looked on the Internet for Green type products and found http://eartheasy.com/live_natwasp_contro...

If it were me, I would knock the nest down at night and relocate it , but they may bite or come back, I love bees and Wasps too! But I'm not sure what I would do if they are on the balcony, they are useful to nature. I think would move them at night, while they are all in the nest asleep.

Carolina
Carolina 9 years ago

They were 3, now they are 12!
Well, my city has a weird weather and I think they won't fly away. I'll tell my dad about the smoke, that won't hurt them right?

p.young713
p.young713 9 years ago

Wow, The nest got bigger! I looked it up on the internet and they do sting, the bee people in US remove them , I heard with smoke at night? To make them fly away? Some fly away at the end of summer is what Wikipedia states .http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wasp

Carolina
Carolina 9 years ago

Okay, I think I have been such a lovely person, but I'm scared now! I've updated this spotting with 2 new pictures I just took.

p.young713
p.young713 10 years ago

Good photo!

Carolina
Carolina 10 years ago

Gracias Claudia! Ya lo hice.

ClaudiaRamirez
ClaudiaRamirez 10 years ago

Hola Carolina,

Esta foto es hermosa !! deberias posterala para el concurso 2011 Best Wildlife Photo Contest !!

The MnMs
The MnMs 10 years ago

Esta muy bonita esta foto!

ceherzog
ceherzog 10 years ago

I share your philosophy! Nice pics.

Carolina
Carolina 10 years ago

Thank you Raiyan! I'm gonna take a look right away!

Raiyan Ahmed
Raiyan Ahmed 10 years ago

Nice photograph!!
Looks like the large yellow paper wasps. Subfamily Polistinae.

Carolina
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Carolina

Pereira, Risaralda, Colombia

Spotted on May 6, 2011
Submitted on May 6, 2011

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