Paper Wasp: Interesting Facts, Sting and How to Control Them

All wasps belong to the Hymenoptera order and also to the suborder referred to as Apocripta. Paper wasps belong to Polistes Genus. Other insects which are similar to wasps do not belong to this order or suborder. There are around 200 paper wasp species out of which 22 are originated from North America. Paper wasps have red, yellow or brown colored patterns on their back. The paper wasps belong to the Poliste family and build their nests under porch roofs or eaves of the house. Paper wasps are the type of social wasps; they are the most common type of wasps.

Paper wasps are the kind of wasps that collect the fibers from dead plant stems and wood and mix it with saliva which they use to construct the nests. These nests are water-resistant in nature. They form nests made up of brown or gray papery material. Paper wasps are also known as umbrella wasps because their nests resemble the umbrella.

Paper Wasp Facts

Appearance and Size

Paper wasps have long legs and slender bodies which hang underneath them during the flight. Adult paper wasps grow around 18-20mm or 2-3.2 cm in length. They tend to have yellowish markings with brown color however some do have red markings. Their appearance varies slightly according to the species. Paper wasps possess distinctive long legs which can be easily identified unlike yellow jackets and bees have short legs. The striping pattern on paper wasps differs according to the region. Most paper wasps have dark brown or black bodies along with yellow markings, but variations may occur in color.

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