Explanation of Names
Polistes annularis (Linnaeus 1763)
annularis = 'ringed'
Fore wing: ♀♀ 18.5–23.5 mm, ♂♂ 17.5–19.5 mm(1)
Just like the females, males of this species have a red face, which makes them easy to confuse with females, however, it does distinguish them from all other species in this genus.
It has a slender first metasomal segment, it shares this feature with P. bahamensis. But P. annularis lacks the yellow spot on the mesopleuron, (almost always) lacks yellow apical band of tergum and has less developed yellow markings on the mesosoma.