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Red Wasp - Polistes - female

Red Wasp - Polistes - Female
New Market, Madison County, Alabama, USA
March 6, 2006

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Moved from Red Wasp.

from the nest i think it migh
from the nest i think it might be some paper wasp in the family Vespidae subfamily Polistidae.
that is my uneducated guess

Red Wasp?
Perhaps Polistes carolina(1)? I don't really know much about wasps but those look quite similar.

I confirm - overwintered female P. carolina
Although Polistes as a whole is a rather difficult genus, P. carolina is the only North-American species with this unique color combination. Ironically, its common name is indeed "Red Wasp".
If the nests (from last year) are really those of this species, that would mean it builds really populous colonies (according to Paper Wasp standards).

They build huge nests
I observe them build these huge nests every year. Once the nests are abandoned in winter I knock them down and save them for my collection. I've got quite a few of these large nests.

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