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Wasp 4 - Polistes exclamans - female

Wasp 4 - Polistes exclamans - Female
Desoto, Dallas County, Texas, USA
May 21, 2009
I was examining some Black Swallowtail caterpillars on my Dill when this wasp zoomed in and grabbed one in a matter of seconds. Polistes exclamans?

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Either P. instabilis or P. exclamans
The lack of yellow on the last tergum reminds me of instabilis, but the overall color pattern reminds me of exclamans

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Polistes exclamans, female (TX)
P. instabilis has the posterior sterna mostly black. It probably does not occur that far north.

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