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Polistes - but which? - Polistes fuscatus - male

Polistes - but which? - Polistes fuscatus - Male
Giant City State Park, Illinois, USA
September 16, 2005
nectaring on goldenrod, can't id to species level

Male Polistes.
This is a male paper wasp, probably P. fuscatus, but there is so much variability among individuals I can't say conclusively.

Male identification
Steve Scott

What are the identifiers for male vs. female. I've noticed that call on several of the shots on the site but no clarification of what to look for.


Look at the antennae
The males are the ones with the curved tips.

Yes, plus....
Yes, males have longer, usually hooked, antennae, but most also have a 'square,' yellow face, in contrast to the female's dark, triangular face. This one is indeed a P. fuscatus.

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