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Red Wasp? - Polistes - female

Red Wasp? - Polistes - Female
The Woodlands, Montgomery County, Texas, USA
June 6, 2006
This was climbing around in the wildflowers by the water in the back of our yard this evening around twilight.

(This clear image is to make up for the fuzzy wasp I posted earlier. :) )

Moved from Red Wasp.

Moved from Polistes.

Polistes carolina or perplexus, female (TX)
The two species can't be separated based on images.

Defnitely a paper wasp, but when you get to Texas you can throw all the rules out the window. Diversity just goes through the roof. I'd be happy to key out actual specimens for anyone who wants to send me some.

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