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Golden Polistes Paper Wasp

Scientific Name: 
Polistes fuscatus aurifer

A wasp that looks similar to a Yellow Jacket but has a narrow "waist" and nearly solid yellow abdomen.  The nest appears umbrella shaped with a narrow stem-like attachment to the structure above and is constructed of chewed wood fibers.  The wasp larvae are tended by the adults of the small colony and fed chewed-up caterpillars brought in by the foraging adults.  A new nest  is constructed each spring by an overwintering female wasp.  Photos by Laurel Woodley

Garden Location: 
Cactus Garden
Polistes fuscatus aurifer in the Euphorbia grandicornus
Polistes fuscatus aurifer just beginning to construct the paper nest
Viewing Months: 
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
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