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Species Polistes aurifer

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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 aurifer (Polistes aurifer)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Sometimes considered a subspecies of P. fuscatus: Polistes fuscatus aurifer
Explanation of Names
Polistes aurifer Saussure 1853
aurifer = 'gold-bearer' (refers to the color scheme)
Range
A western species (BC-CA to AB-MT-w.TX; ne. Mexico) with one adventitious record from Prince Edward Island, Canada; introduced in Hawaii and Society Is.(1)
Internet References
Works Cited
1.Identification Atlas of the Vespidae (Hymenoptera, Aculeata) of the Northeastern Nearctic Region
Matthias Buck, Stephen A. Marshall, and David K. B. Cheung. 2008. Biological Survey of Canada [Canadian Journal of Arthropod Identification].