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Polistes Annularis Nest - Polistes annularis

Polistes Annularis Nest - Polistes annularis
Four Holes Swamp, Francis Beidler Forest, Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA
July 10, 2007
Size: Nest ~ 10cm
The data page didn't have a record for these guys in SC, or in July, so I thought I'd add these shots from earlier today. There is a boardwalk through the Francis Beidler Forest to (and through) Four Holes Swamp. This nest was about 8 feet off the water, which was head high to me, standing at the viewing area at one end of the boardwalk. While it was a sunny day, it's very shaded in this area, which meant long exposures. The tripod helped a lot, but they are still not very sharp. I tried a couple with the flash, which helped with details like the segments of the antennae, but also made too many things shiny and blown out, so I'm going with crops from the two best of the non-flash shots.

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Polistes Annularis Nest - Polistes annularis Polistes Annularis - Ring for ID - Polistes annularis Polistes Annularis - Two at work - Polistes annularis Polistes Annularis - Three at work - Polistes annularis Polistes Annularis - Standing Guard?  (with bonus bug...) - Polistes annularis - female

I have noticed the queen slightly different
If you look at the head of each of these wasps, you will notice that the queen has less black on the top of the head and if they are more queens you will notice this only on the queens. The workers have more black on the top of their heads, trust me, I have studyed these wasps and I found the difference and also by looking when they were photographed. When in early spring they have completly more red on top of their heads. So in this photo it looks like their are a couple of queens.

I think I know how to regonize the queen
I have observed photos of these wasps and I think that I can tell you how to regonize the queen, she has a longer adomen, check out this link and you will know what I am talking about at http://bugguide.net/node/view/44657/bgpage

 
ah!
you can't go by that at all. Workers can be sometimes as big as (if not bigger than) the queen. There is basically no way to tell queen from worker unless you have marked the queen from the beginning

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