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Wasp - Polistes carolina - male

Wasp - Polistes carolina - Male
National Butterfly Center, Hidalgo County, Texas, USA
October 19, 2013


Moved from Polistes.


Why not a Polistes instabilis
Why not a Polistes instabilis?

I generally don't attempt a species ID for Polistes...
...except for P. dominula. I just find them too tricky.

If forced to guess on this one, I'd say it looks more like P. carolina or rubiginosus. None of the P. instabilis specimens in the Guide is so uniformly red.

But again, what do I know? :)

brain cramp...thinking about
brain cramp...thinking about another one I am posting in the next few days

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