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Species Polistes parametricus

Paper Wasp - Polistes parametricus - female Possible Polistes Sp. B - Polistes parametricus - female Possible Polistes Sp. B - Polistes parametricus - female Possible Sp. b - Polistes parametricus - female Wasp or Hornet? - Polistes parametricus Undescribed Sp. B - Male - Polistes parametricus - male Paper Wasp? - Polistes parametricus - male Is this a Polistes metricus ? - Polistes parametricus - female
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 (Paper Wasps)
Species parametricus (Polistes parametricus)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
This species was recently described in Zootaxa 3502: 1–48 (2012) (PDF of abstract). It was previously confused with other species from the P. fuscatus-group (P. fuscatus, P. metricus). The species was first mentioned in the Identification Atlas of the Vespidae of the Northeastern Nearctic Region as "species B". (1)
Explanation of Names
The name parametricus refers both to the similarity with P. metricus and to the fact that morphometric parameters played a crucial role in defining this species.
Range
Distribution still insufficiently known. Southern Pennsylvania to southwestern North Carolina, west to Missouri.
Life Cycle
This species is suspected to be an obligate social parasite but no observations on a nest have ever been made.
Print References
Buck, M., T.P. Cobb, J.K. Stahlhut & R.H. Hanner (2012): Unravelling cryptic species diversity in eastern Nearctic paper wasps, Polistes (Fuscopolistes), using male genitalia, morphometrics and DNA barcoding, with descriptions of two new species (Hymenoptera: Vespidae). Zootaxa 3502: 1-48. (PDF of abstract)
Internet References
Works Cited
1.Identification Atlas of the Vespidae (Hymenoptera, Aculeata) of the Northeastern Nearctic Region
Matthias Buck, Stephen A. Marshall, and David K. B. Cheung. 2008. Biological Survey of Canada [Canadian Journal of Arthropod Identification].