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Polistes canadensis? - Polistes canadensis

Polistes canadensis? - Polistes canadensis
Nogales, Santa Cruz County, Arizona, USA
August 1, 2017
Size: 22 mm
Not sure if this specimen is Polistes major castaneicolor or canadensis, I suspect the latter
Found on a plant devouring a caterpillar
Coordinates: 31.338088, -110.964969

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Great photos!
Glad to finally see some clear shots of this species on BG.
I wonder, are P. canadensis always dark like this in the US? Images I have seen of the species in central america portray them as entirely red.

 
I just posted the images I promised
Hopefully, the views shown are enough for a species ID. Thanks!

 
They are dark red in Nogales
Today, I saw a relatively large paper wasp nest (~7.5-inch diameter) with brood and lots of active wasps; which I suspect to be P. canadensis. Tomorrow, I plan to take photos of the nest and capture a specimen for imaging. P. canadensis is an abundant species in Nogales.

Polistes canadensis
For sure this species. These are amazing images! They show all the diagnostic details so major castaneicolor can be ruled out with certainty. Thanks for posting!

 
I appreciate your kind comments and expertise
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