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Subgenus Fuscopolistes

Paper wasp grooming itself - Polistes fuscatus - female Paper Wasp - Polistes dorsalis - female Paper Wasp on Buckwheat - Polistes dorsalis Polistes Bellicosus? - Polistes fuscatus - female Wasp IMG_3365 - Polistes fuscatus Polistes dorsalis californicus (?) - Polistes dorsalis - female Polistes - Polistes fuscatus - male Red Shouldered Wasp in February - Polistes metricus
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
Family Vespidae (Hornets, Yellowjackets; Paper, Potter, Mason, and Pollen Wasps; and Allies)
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 at the apex that are a dull brown-orange) and the first segment of the gaster about 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)