Paper Wasp

Paper wasps get their common name from the paperlike material of which they construct their nests; true also of the other vespids. It has been suggested that they be called umbrella wasps based on the shape of their nests. In the urban situations, these usually unaggressive wasps are a nuisance pest. Various species are found throughout the United States.

Adults about 5/8-3/4” (16-20 mm) long. Color brownish with yellow markings, a few species with reddish markings.

Paper wasps hang their comb nests from twigs and branches of trees and shrubs which can cause concern when ornamental shrubs and hedges are trimmed or fruit is being picked from trees. If a nest is contacted, there is a high probability that person doing the trimming or fruit pocking will get stung. Paper wasps also like to hang their comb nests from porch ceilings, the top member of window and door frames, soffits, eaves, attic rafters, deck floor joists and railings, etc., almost any protected place imaginable.

 

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