Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Paper Wasp


I've featured paper wasps before, but I had to share these pictures of this unfortunate individual. We've had unseasonably cool weather for weeks now. After a few light frosts I think these little guys are paying the ultimate price. Soon they will all perish with exception to a few hardy bred queens that will overwinter hidden away somewhere.


I found her clinging to an evergreen tree and moved her to this flower for some photographs. I was able to coax her onto my hand, and she stumbled around like she'd been on a drinking binge. I know there are several species of paper wasp, each building unique papery nests. I do not know the identity of this particular species. I love her lovely green eyes, which may be a key characteristic in ID'ing her. If anyone can tell by these photos what species she is please let me know.

8 comments:

  1. Um, this is a male paper wasp, so he won't be overwintering. Great images and story, though! Keep up the great work. I don't say that enough to you:-)

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  2. LOL, I had a feeling you would grab this one. Thanks Eric. I had no idea if it was a male or a female, just liked thinking she was a girl. The way this one acted should have an indicator that he was about ready to meet the end. Thank u so much for your help and your kind words.

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  3. Thanx Moe for your kind comments.

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  4. Nice detailed shots.

    Seems like I get stung by wasp more during this time of year. Groggy wasps get hung up in line-dried clothes or are stumbling around on surfaces where I put my hand -- though since this is a male I guess it has no stinger?

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  5. Thank you Marvin. I've had my share of "accidental" stings from these wasps as well. One of the more memorable occasions was grabbing the back of a chair and getting stung right on the second knuckle of my middle finger. It swelled and hurt for several days! You are correct in your summation that since this is a male it has no stinger....no fear of a sting with this fellow.

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  6. Thank you Fotosppf for your kind words. Glad u enjoyed the post.

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