Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Golden Paper Wasp

A sole Golden Paper Wasp sentinel caught guarding its nest (also called brood).

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* Paper wasps - Polistes chinensis

Paper Wasp, common name for medium- to large-sized wasps that construct nests made of a papery material. The nests consist of a single upside-down layer of brood cells (compartments for the young). There are 22 species of paper wasps in North America and approximately 700 species world-wide. They are natural enemies of many garden insect pests.

Scientific classification: Paper wasps are in the genus Polistes in the family Vespidae, which also includes potter wasps, yellow jackets, and hornets. The golden paper wasp is Polistes fuscatus.

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