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Species Polistes canadensis

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Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Hymenoptera (Ants, Bees, Wasps and Sawflies)
No Taxon (Aculeata - Ants, Bees and Stinging Wasps)
Superfamily Vespoidea (Yellowjackets and Hornets, Paper Wasps; Potter, Mason and Pollen Wasps and allies)
Family Vespidae (Yellowjackets and Hornets, Paper Wasps; Potter, Mason and Pollen Wasps)
Subfamily Polistinae (Paper Wasps)
Genus Polistes (Paper Wasps)
Species canadensis (Polistes canadensis)
Explanation of Names
"Canadensis" is a misnomer. The species does not occur in Canada. Likely, it was described based on specimens that were mislabeled as coming from Canada.
Identification
Very similar to Polistes major castaneicolor but with a narrower first abdominal segment (dorsal view).
Range
Southern Arizona to northern Argentina. Widespread in tropical Central and South America. In the U.S. only known from extreme southern Arizona.