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Paper Wasps - Polistes bahamensis - female

Paper Wasps - Polistes bahamensis - Female
Merchants Millpond State Park, Gatesville, Gates County, North Carolina, USA
June 26, 2010
Size: 15mm
Nest found under outdoor bulletin board cover. Wasps tolerated approach to within 6 feet of nest.

Moved from Polistes.

Moved from ID Request.

Maybe P. dorsalis?
The coloration is too dark and certainly not right for exclamans. And the orange tipped antennae rule out fuscatus, so I guess it has to be dorsalis

Interesting find

Cool ...
thanks for the ID - I am not good with wasps. Still trying to get the hang of Hymenoptera in general. Completely random find - the bulletin board cover is located in the edge of a cypress/tupelo gum swamp, with mixed deciduous hardwood forest bordering it. Thanks again for the ID!

Gald to help!
My ID in this case is tentative, it would be best to have an expert comment on it

Tentative ID
Will await further expert opinion ...

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