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Polistes? - Polistes exclamans - female

Polistes? - Polistes exclamans - Female
Dripping Spring, Organ Mts., Dona Ana County, New Mexico, USA
April 23, 2006
Size: ~1"
Looks like a Polistes... in a congregation of insects on mud below a seep.

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Polistes? - Polistes exclamans - female Polistes? - Polistes exclamans - female

Polistes exclamans, female (NM)
This is indeed P. exclamans. This appears to be a new state record for the species. A closely related species (P. arizonensis) occurs in AZ and CA. P. exclamans is well known from TX.

That's pretty nifty.

paper wasp
what is doing? maybe collecting water?

I agree.
This is probably a Polistes exclamans specimen. Very nice image.

Patrick Alexander

That'd be my guess. There were a bunch of insects on this seep, which is one of very few sources of water in the area right now. These guys seemed to go in, drink, and leave, whereas others (like the smaller brightly-colored wasp and its fly mimic) buzzed around indefinitely without landing for any significant length of time...

Patrick Alexander

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