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Curious Polistes behavior - Polistes fuscatus - male

Curious Polistes behavior - Polistes fuscatus - Male
Athens/ Sandy Creek Park, Clarke County, Georgia, USA
September 28, 2010
When I uncovered this group of wasps roosting under an American burnweed leaf, I snapped a picture and then left them alone so as not to aggravate them. These same individuals or others of the same species (P. fuscatus?) could be seen in this spot for at least a week. I assumed that there was a nest in there, but when I went back to investigate recently I found that there was not; of course, a closer inspection of the photo shows all of the wasps to be male except possibly for the one on the lower left. Is it common for male wasps to congregate like this?

Communal roosting
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Moved
Moved from Polistes.

Polistes fuscatus
Yes, the individual to the left is a female.

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