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Polistes exclamans? - Polistes exclamans

Polistes exclamans? - Polistes exclamans
Fullerton Arboretum, Fullerton, Orange County, California, USA
July 18, 2006
All stayed stock still for a couple of minutes, though I was about a yard away. Nest was about two feet above a door that had just been opened and closed, on an outbuilding at an historic home.

Moved from Polistes dorsalis.

New info: Polistes exclamans verified by local expert
Identity confirmed by Roy R. Snelling, Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County. He notes "it is an introduced species now established in southern California."

Moved from Paper Wasp. According to Mathias Buck, Polistes exclamens isn't found west of Colorado. He IDed a similar one of mine as Polistes dorsalis

Thanks, Chuck
I thought that was too easy.

Your identification is correct. Lovely shot!

Thanks, they're pretty insects.
A day later, I shot an individual about 100 feet from this spot and, since it was alone, didn't recognize it at first. Duh! Months ago, you gave me a digger vs. paper wasp tip that aided in my identification.

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