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Species Polistes bellicosus

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Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Hymenoptera (Ants, Bees, Wasps and Sawflies)
No Taxon (Aculeata - Ants, Bees and Stinging Wasps)
Superfamily Vespoidea
Family Vespidae (Hornets, Yellowjackets; Paper, Potter, Mason, and Pollen Wasps; and Allies)
Subfamily Polistinae (Paper Wasps)
Genus Polistes (Umbrella Paper Wasps)
No Taxon (Subgenus Fuscopolistes)
Species bellicosus (Polistes bellicosus)
Explanation of Names
Polistes bellicosus Cresson, 1872
from the Latin bellicōsus ('warlike, fierce, bellicose')
hind femora completely red, clypeus typically at least 50% yellow.(1)
NB: earlier keys such as (2) do not properly separate this species from P. fuscatus

Variation: "Individuals with spotted tergum 2 (and sometimes following) are fairly common at the western edge of the range in central and southcentral Texas."(3) "Their range apparently does not overlap with red forms of aurifer but they do with texanus. However, there appears to be no texanus in southern Texas."(4) — Matthias Buck
NY south to FL, west to TX(1)
Primarily coastal(1)
Works Cited
1.Identification Atlas of the Vespidae (Hymenoptera, Aculeata) of the Northeastern Nearctic Region
Matthias Buck, Stephen A. Marshall, and David K. B. Cheung. 2008. Biological Survey of Canada [Canadian Journal of Arthropod Identification].
2.The Social Wasps of the Americas Excluding the Vespinae
Richards, O.W. 1978. British Museum (Natural History).
3.Paper Wasp