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Species Polistes exclamans - Guinea Paper Wasp

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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 (Umbrella Paper Wasps)
No Taxon (Subgenus Aphanilopterus)
Species exclamans (Guinea Paper Wasp)
Other Common Names
Common Paper Wasp (may also be applied to allies such as P. fuscatus or P. dorsalis)
Guinea Wasp
"Yellowjacket" - especially in the southern US, this species is often erroneously referred to as a yellowjacket, though that name is reserved for members of the genera Vespula and Dolichovespula.
Explanation of Names
Polistes exclamans Viereck, 1906
Identification
Dark antennae with orange tips, yellow mark on the occiput, extensive yellow mark on the metasoma (except for some specimens in Florida), fore coxae yellow-marked (or at least ferruginous), four yellow vertical lines on the propodeum, and yellow bands on each segment of the metasoma.
Range
NJ to FL, west to NE, CO, and TX; also occurs in Mexico (Chihuahua to Jalisco, Hidalgo) and introduced to Hawaii(1)
Internet References
Works Cited
1.James M. Carpenter. Distributional checklist of species of the genus Polistes (Hymenoptera, Vespidae, Polistinae, Polistini)
2.Identification Atlas of the Vespidae (Hymenoptera, Aculeata) of the Northeastern Nearctic Region
Matthias Buck, Stephen A. Marshall, and David K. B. Cheung. 2008. Biological Survey of Canada [Canadian Journal of Arthropod Identification].