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Polistes fuscatus? - Polistes annularis - male

Polistes fuscatus? - Polistes annularis - Male
Near Dallas, Denton County, Texas, USA
October 10, 2007
Size: 1 inch or greater (25mm)
Polistes fuscatus? I was trying to shoot a jumping spider and was looking at the screen on my camera when this guy buzzed between my camera and my face. Forgot about the spider and chased the wasp.

Polistes annularis
This is without a doubt Polistes annularis. Not sure how you were able to determine it was a male, however.

is the Polistes annularis rare now
I have not seen this species in a long time and it looks like to me that they are rare these days. Exactley what enviroment do they like.

Polistes annularis, male (TX)
Great to have a male of this species! Note that unlike in other Polistes their face is red, which makes them easy to confuse with females. What gives this one away as a male is the shape of the last sternum (antennae are difficult to assess in this image).

Polistes metricus????
Cool shot!

I would think its P. metricus, but the orange tipped antennae have me a bit stumped

P. annularis?
I think P. annularis has orange tips to the antennae....

Thank you for the ID, Eric! I think you nailed it. I think I slightly overexposed the shot so my example looks a little lighter than the excellent examples in that group but the coloration (and orange tips) is exactly the same. Thanks again!

ah thats it!
I'm still learning!

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