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Red Wasp - Polistes metricus - male

Red Wasp - Polistes metricus - Male
Moccasin Lake, Winston, Douglas County, Georgia, USA
October 6, 2008
Size: about 25 mm
Found perched on a leaf just above some Goldenrod flowers in full sun. Not aggressive this time of year and was able to get camera very close. I am leaning towards this being P. fuscatus, I would appreciate a more positive ID on this one.

Moved from Polistes.

Thank you
Thanks to you both for such a rapid response. I've only been at this since July and at times it becomes confusing, but I am learning. I took a stroll around the lake today and was able to capture many insects, this being just one fo them.

Polistes metricus, male (GA)
P. fuscatus has the apical flagellomeres entirely dark. The term "red wasps" is usually used for P. carolina and P. perplexus, which have much more red on the abdomen. Nice image!

I think your ID is correct, but I would like Matthias Buck to give us something definitive if he can....Wonderful image.

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