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Species Polistes comanchus - Comanche Paper Wasp

Unknown wasp - Polistes comanchus - female Polistes comanchus navajoe - Polistes comanchus - female Polistes comanchus navajoe - Polistes comanchus - male wasp - Polistes comanchus Paper Wasp - Polistes comanchus Wasp - Polistes comanchus Wasp on Sand in West Fork of Oak Creek Canyon North of Sedona - Polistes comanchus Wasp Drinking Water by Soldier Pass Trail in Sedona - Polistes comanchus
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 (Umbrella Paper Wasps)
No Taxon (Subgenus Aphanilopterus)
Species comanchus (Comanche Paper Wasp)
Explanation of Names
Polistes comanchus Saussure, 1857
Numbers
2 sspp.
Identification
A bright species of Polistes (Aphanilopterus) with a red-and-black thorax and an extensively yellow abdomen.

P. c. comanchus has a black scutellum and extensively red T2 segment of the abdomen. Range: e. NM, TX


P. c. navajoe has a red scutellum and the front half of the T2 segment of the abdomen black. Range: AZ, CA, NM
Range
desert southwest: CA-TX(1)