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red-yellow problem spms, TX

Paper Wasp - Polistes - female Polistes ID - Polistes Wasp - Polistes
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 Fuscopolistes)
No Taxon red-yellow problem spms, TX
Identification
This is a holding page for red-and-yellow Polistes from Texas and adjacent areas that cannot be identified with certainty at this point. These wasps resemble bellicosus but have yellow spots on tergum 2. They might be aberrant specimens of bellicosus or an unrecognized species.