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Photo#63214
Wasp - please ID - Polistes dominula

Wasp - please ID - Polistes dominula
Long Island, New York, USA
July 11, 2006
Size: 1 inch appoximately
Please help ID

this wasp
is a Polistes dominulus. They are paper wasps meaning that they chew up wood and build their nests out of it, like most social wasps. Unlike yellowjackets however, these girls dont have a queen, but instead a 'foundress'. Any of her offspring could potentially start their own nests.

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