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Wasp - Polistes comanchus

Wasp - Polistes comanchus
Saguaro National Park - East, Tucson, Pima County, Arizona, USA
April 5, 2005
A very striking wasp. It was spending a lot of time around prickly pear cactus plants. Would this one be strictly associated with Cactus species?

Moved from Polistes comanchus.

Paper wasp.
I believe this is Polistes comanchus navajoe, a large paper wasp. It may be after honeydew from aphids or scales in this photo. Few paper wasps visit flowers, at least in my experience.

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