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Photo#562547
Paper Wasps - Polistes metricus

Paper Wasps - Polistes metricus
Ledges State Park, Boone County, Iowa, USA
July 31, 2011
A few pretty good sized nests under the information board at the entrance to the trail. They were fairly high up and didn't want me getting too close though. I know this one had at least 12 wasps.

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Moved
Moved from Polistes.

Almost certainly P. metricus
Too bad there aren't any males present in the photo or else we could be certain. Nice nest, though!