Paper Wasps (Polistes metricus)

CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Paper Wasps (Polistes metricus)

Paper Wasps can be agressive if you disturb the nest although I have been able to relocate nests with no problems. People with bee allergy should keep their distance. If it is in a location that people will not get too close, leave them as an efficient biocontrol agent.

I’ve many different species of Polistes and another possibility is the Northern Paper Wasp (Polistes fuscatus) Beneficial: control of pest catepillar species which they use as food for their developing larva. (think your vegetable garden) Adults also feed on fruits

Learn: http://bugguide.net/node/view/572

Learn the habits of Polistes spp.: https://blogs.cornell.edu/insectid/files/2013/11/Paper-Wasps-1qxfw0c.pdf

Shown on Florida Native Plant: Wax Myrtle (Myrica cerifera)

My take: http://web.archive.org/web/20140709140116/http://www.beautifulwildlifegarden.com/wasp-that.html

relocation tale: http://web.archive.org/web/20110629132316/http://www.beautifulwildlifegarden.com/the-wildlife-garden-fashionista.html

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