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Subgenus Fuscopolistes

Wasp on goldenrod... - Polistes fuscatus - male Paper Wasp - Polistes Polistes apachus floating and drinking - Polistes apachus Polistes apachus Paper Wasp - Polistes dorsalis Paper wasp of some kind? - Polistes Wasp on Boneset - Polistes fuscatus Norther Paper Wasp? - Polistes - female
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
Other Common Names
Several species are known regionally as 'red paper wasps' or 'red wasps'
The species of Polistes (Fuscopolistes) have duller antennal tips (never 4 segments bright orange, but occasionally a couple a dull brown-orange) and the first segment as long as wide (in dorsal view).
This subgenus is also represented as the P. fuscatus species-group, which includes P. apachus, P. aurifer, P. bellicosus, P. carolina, P. dorsalis, P. flavus, P. fuscatus, P. hirsuticornis P. metricus, P. parametricus and P. rubiginosus.


P. apachus "texanus" variant with no yellow lines on scutum (much like red variant of P. aurifer), which may represent a separate species

P. aurifer "centralis" red color variant


P. dorsalis central (particularly Texan) form (regarded as subspecies neotropicus by Richards, though this is disjunct from the true population, which occurs from Veracruz, Mexico, to Costa Rica)

P. dorsalis Arizonan form (seemingly treated under the subspecies californicus by Richards)