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Polistes floating and drinking - Polistes dorsalis - female

Polistes floating and drinking - Polistes dorsalis - Female
El Paso, El Paso County, Texas, USA
September 1, 2015

Polistes dorsalis, female
Thanks for posting all these wonderful images! This one is dorsalis. It differs from apachus by not having a pair of yellow stripes on the top of the thorax, and there are no free yellow spots on the abdomen. This extreme red and yellow form is similar to dorsalis californicus (which occurs in California) but differs by the much larger yellow spots on the propodeum.

Excellent! Awesome! Superb!
And I get a whole new Polistes species!! Thanks for your kind comment about my photos and for your explanation on P. dorsalis ID. This makes my day! Now, I have photographed in El Paso County: P. apachus, P. aurifer, P. dorsalis, P. exclamans, and P. flavus. Of these, the only one that behaved aggressively was P. flavus, but didn't sting me. Maybe in 2016 I get lucky enough to add another Polistes species to my list. Thank you again Matthias! I appreciate your help and expertise.

That's impressive! There isn't much left to find in your area for this genus. One to look for is P. comanchus comanchus. There are two images on BG from close to where you are:

Another supremely beautiful species!

I will keep an eye open for this one in 2016
You have been most helpful and I truly appreciate it.

Moved from Polistes apachus.

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