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European Paper Wasp
Vespidae
Polistes dominula
Type: Insect

Effect: Pest
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Vespidae Family
Polistes Genus


Location / Where this Creature is found:

Found in Utah.

The native range of P. dominula covers much of southern Europe and North Africa, and temperate parts of Asia as far east as China. It has also been introduced to Australia and North and South America.

Description

Looks like a Yellowjacket.

General information about European Paper Wasp :

Looks like a Yellowjacket or Sandhills Hornet.
This species was introduced into the United States in 1968 in the New Jersey Pine Barrens and spread throughout most of the country during the 1980s and 90s, in some cases partially replacing native species. Another introduction was discovered in the late 1970s in Cambridge, Newton and Somerville, Massachusetts. The first wave consisted of solitary-founding but socially-nesting individuals, then a wave of social founders (several females found a new nest together). In warmer regions there have been reports of "supercolonizers" most of whom enlarge their natal nests in successive years, rather than dispersing.
You can separate Yellowjackets from Paper Wasps because Paper Wasps have longer hind legs which hang below the abdomen in flight. Paper wasps also make smaller nests with an open cells, instead of a closed cell architecture.
AKA: Polistes gallicus, Polistes dominulus



Yellow Jacket
Yellow Jacket - September 18, 2009



European Paper Wasp
European Paper Wasp September 18, 2009



European Paper Wasp in Flight
European Paper Wasp September 18, 2009



European Paper Wasp on Allium
September 18, 2009



European Paper Wasp on Allium
September 18, 2009

Comment: European Paper Wasp

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gardengeek
gardengeek
September 30, 2010
Thank you Breanna! You're so smart!

Breanna

Mississippi September 30, 2010
This is a male Polistes dominula, the European paper wasp. It was introduced from Europe, as the name suggests. They do some pollination, and prey upon several Garden Pests.
gardengeek
gardengeek
October 21, 2009
They do alot of pollenating, but they also like to eat some of the fruit.
Chris2002
Chris2002
October 21, 2009
Are these helpful? I just killed a large nest this morning. Too close, my son is allergic.

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