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Golden paper wasp

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Polistes fuscatus, Paper Wasp
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National Audubon Society Field Guide to Insects and Spiders
Solitary Wasps: Behavior and Natural History

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Picture of a golden paper waspThe golden paper wasp looks somewhat like a stretched hornet, but with longer wings and a short pedicel or waist between its thorax and abdomen. Adults drink nectar from flowers and juice from fruit.

Females make small paper nests from chewed plant material, stuff nest cells with living, immobilized soft-bodied insects such as caterpillars for their larva to consume as they grow and develop.

Mated queens overwinter in leaf litter, in rocks and in cool nooks and crannies in houses, including (as I've discovered a few times) well-insulated materials such as blankets. Golden paper wasps are tolerant of people and disturbance but will sting if nests are touched or moved, or if pressed up against while overwintering in the beds.

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Picture of a golden paper wasp nectaring on snow buckwheat
Golden Paper Wasp nectaring on snow buckwheat

 

Picture of a golden paper wasp chewing wood
Golden paper wasp chewing wood for paper pulp

 

Picture of a golden paper wasp nest
Golden paper wasp nest

 

Robber fly consuming a golden paper wasp
Robber fly predation on a golden paper wasp



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