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Wasp? - Polistes aurifer - female

Wasp? - Polistes aurifer - Female
Antelope Island, Davis County, Utah, USA
September 2, 2008
Size: 1 inch
Saw a few of these just hanging around on the leaves.

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Wasp? - Polistes aurifer - female Wasp? - Polistes aurifer - female

Thank you.
Thanks to both of you for your time and input. Since there's already one of these posted for Utah under September, I'll just frass these.

Please, don't frass!
This is one of the best images of females and I am using it in the overview of Polistes species on the info page. So, don't dream of frassing it!
As for how to tell the sex, in this species and a few other wasp species the males have hooked antennae; the female's are straigth and perhaps slightly shorter. A few more tips on sexing some insects.

I'm glad you can use the photos and I really appreciate the link you provided for sexing insects. I know absolutely nothing about it so that page helps A LOT! I need to do a lot more exploring on this site for that kind of information.

You're welcome...
... a learning lesson for me as well! Just wanted to mention that I spent a few enjoyable moments poking around your website. Loads of great photos, and I really appreciated how much commentary/info. you provide. A lot of wonderful nature photography sites are severely lacking in detailed captions and interesting species information.

I appreciate that!
Thanks for your kind words and I'm glad you enjoyed my site. I have fun putting it up. I don't know a lot but I'm learning from Bugguide.

Definitely looks like a member of the Polistes genus (Paper Wasps) to me:

However, I am brand new to this site, and I would definitely wait for someone with more experience to corroborate this answer.

right guess
A weathered "worker" female of Polistes aurifer.

How to tell gender?
I was going to guess P. aurifer, but didn't want to lead "birder14" astray if I was incorrect...

How is it that one can tell that this is a worker female?

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