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Species Polistes annularis

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Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Hymenoptera (Ants, Bees, Wasps and Sawflies)
No Taxon (Aculeata - Ants, Bees and Stinging Wasps)
Superfamily Vespoidea (Yellowjackets and Hornets, Paper Wasps; Potter, Mason and Pollen Wasps and allies)
Family Vespidae (Yellowjackets and Hornets, Paper Wasps; Potter, Mason and Pollen Wasps)
Subfamily Polistinae (Paper Wasps)
Genus Polistes (Paper Wasps)
Species annularis (Polistes annularis)
Explanation of Names
Polistes annularis (Linnaeus 1763)
annularis = 'ringed'
Size
Fore wing: ♀♀ 18.5–23.5 mm, ♂♂ 17.5–19.5 mm(1)
Identification
Just like the females, males of this species have a red face, which makes them easy to confuse with females, however, it does distinguish them from all other species in this genus.
It has a slender first metasomal segment, it shares this feature with P. bahamensis. But P. annularis lacks the yellow spot on the mesopleuron, (almost always) lacks yellow apical band of tergum and has less developed yellow markings on the mesosoma.
Internet References
Works Cited
1.Identification Atlas of the Vespidae (Hymenoptera, Aculeata) of the Northeastern Nearctic Region
Matthias Buck, Stephen A. Marshall, and David K. B. Cheung. 2008. Biological Survey of Canada [Canadian Journal of Arthropod Identification].