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Brown wasp - Polistes fuscatus - female

Brown wasp - Polistes fuscatus - Female
Allentown, Lehigh County, Pennsylvania, USA
September 3, 2004
My paulownia tree is like the "bug hilton" in my yard. Here a handsome brown wasp (?) is getting some rest on one of its large leaves.

County?
Is this Lehigh county? Also, since somebody told you the sex, it would be a good idea to include that info. Same thing for other images.

Moved
Moved from Polistes.

Polistes fuscatus, female (PA)
The largely reddish metasoma excludes P. metricus.

Paper Wasp
genus Polistes, fairly common in many parts of the country it seems.

 
Honeydew
Your tree is probably infested with aphids, as this Polistes appears to be licking honeydew off the leaf. I encourage all BugGuide photographers to examine aphid-infested trees for a huge variety of wasps, beetles, and flies, especially catalpa trees, espcially at this time of year.

 
aphids
Interesting observation! I'll have to check in more detail. I've noticed small black discolorations on the undersides of the leaves, but haven't actually noticed aphids.
Rob

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