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Species Polistes canadensis

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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 canadensis (Polistes canadensis)
Explanation of Names
Polistes canadensis (Linnaeus 1758)
"Canadensis" is a misnomer: the species does not occur in Canada (likely, described based on mislabeled specimens)
Identification
Very similar to P. major castaneicolor but has the first metasomal segment narrower (in dorsal view)
Range
extreme southern Arizona to northern Argentina