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Polistes? - Polistes dorsalis - female

Polistes? - Polistes dorsalis - Female
Fort Pierce, St. Lucie County, Florida, USA
February 24, 2006

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Polistes dorsalis
This is P. dorsalis. The species is common in Florida and has less developed yellow markings than P. exclamans. P. bellicosus has less developed black markings.

Great to get an ID. Unfortunately I am not an editor, so I cannot make a page.
-Sean McCann

Thanks for the compliments! Of course any disagreements are in the spirit of mutual improvement in our entomologizing!
-Sean McCann

Great picture!
Yep that's definitely a Polistes wasp. We have tons around my house and they always make large nests in our attic. Really great picture by the way!

sean is one of the best photographers on the site. his pictures never fail to amuse. i just hate disagreeing with him.

Yes that is a Polistes wasp - I can not remember the species out of my head right now, but it is a common species. But the real great thing is that it is stylopized! It has a Strepsiptera parasite in its abdomen between the 4th and 5th abdominal segment, you can see the small brown thing sticking out. It is a female or a pupa of a male of the genus Xenos.

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