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  Bees, Wasps and Ants of North America
A publication by Edward Mockford in 1997 recorded discovery of a new species of wasp that is now known as the tiniest existing insect.
Most wasps lay eggs in cavities, tunnels or burrows in the ground, or nests made of paper or mud.
One such wasp, The Tarantula Hawk (Hemipepsis species) featured here, is famous for using paralyzed tarantula spiders as food for its larvae, and many species specialize in other prey such as cicadas and katydids.
www.cirrusimage.com /hymenoptera.htm   (607 words)

  Paper Wasps
Paper wasps are 3/4 to 1 inch long, are reddish -brown with a yellow circle, and have longer legs and slenderer bodies than yellow jackets and hornets.
Paper wasps are sometimes called "umbrella wasps" because their nests consist of a single exposed comb suspended by a narrow stalk.
Paper wasps may be more inclined to build nests in attics than yellow jackets or hornets because their nests lack an outer covering.
kaweahoaks.com /html/wasp_paper.html   (430 words)

 Wasp and Hornet Control
Their social organizations range from cooperative fertile female paper wasps to the caste system of yellowjackets, in which there is a single fertile queen and a large population of smaller unmated females.
These wasps tend to be medium sized and fl with jagged bands of bright yellow on the abdomen, and have a very short, narrow waist (the area where the thorax attaches to the abdomen).
Wasps will attack applicators when sensing a poison applied to their nests, and even the freeze-type products are not guaranteed to stop all wasps that come flying out.
www.pestcontrolcanada.com /INSECTS/wasp_and_hornet_control.htm   (4515 words)

 Paper Wasps
Paper wasps are often mistaken for a close relative, the yellowjacket wasp.
The paper wasp abdomen is spindle-shaped and tapers at both ends, whereas the yellowjacket abdomen is broad at both ends, similar to that of the honey bee.
Paper wasps are social insects, since individuals of the same species cooperate in caring for the young, labor is divided between reproductives and workers, and generations overlap in such a way that offspring assist their parents in contributing to colony labor.
www.extento.hawaii.edu /kbase/urban/site/paprwsp.htm   (647 words)

 Paper Wasps and Hornets
Paper wasps and hornets are social insects, living in colonies containing workers, queens and males.
Paper wasps and hornets also feed on bits of caterpillars or flies that are caught and partially chewed before presenting to their young.
For control of wasps and hornets that build aerial nests near windows, eaves, in trees, etc., insecticides are formulated in pressurized containers that emit a long, narrow stream of spray 15 to 20 feet.
www.co.bay.mi.us /bay/home.nsf/Public/Paper_Wasps_And_Hornets.htm   (1557 words)

 Friends of Saguaro National Park - About Saguaro National Park: Paper Wasp   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-30)
The Polistinae are eusocial wasps closely related to the more familiar yellowjackets, but placed in their own subfamily; it is the second most diverse subfamily within Vespidae, and while most species are tropical or subtropical, they include some of the most frequently-encountered large wasps in temperate regions.
Paper wasps gather fibres from old wood and dead dry plant stems, chew them, and mix with saliva to make a water-resistant gray or brown paper.
The nests of most true paper wasps are characterised by having open cells and a petiole attaching the nest to the substrate.
www.friendsofsaguaro.org /wasp-paper.html   (957 words)

Wasps comprise an enormous and diverse assemblage of insects ranging from the smallest known insects—tiny parasites of insect eggs—to immense cicada killers and tarantula hawks.
Most wasps are specialized hunters that track down their prey using smell and sight combined with knowledge of the habitat, activity periods, and behavior of the prey.
Although wasps can sting people, they rarely do so, and then only when they are captured, or in the case of paper wasps, when their nests are threatened or disturbed.
www.desertmuseum.org /books/nhsd_wasps.html   (1317 words)

 Paper Wasps
The key to identifying paper wasps is the shape of the nest -- a round, upside-down paper comb that is attached by a single stalk to a horizontal surface in a protected location.
Paper wasps are predators and feed on insects, spiders, and caterpillars.
In some cases, dozens, occasionally hundreds, of paper wasps may be attracted to a chimney or attic of a home or to the walls of a commercial building.
pestcontrolsupplies.com /PaperWasps.htm   (859 words)

 Paper wasp - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Paper wasps are wasps of the family Vespidae, in the strict sense those belonging to the subfamily Polistinae, but the term is used colloquially to include some members of the subfamilies Vespinae and Stenogastrinae which also make nests out of paper.
The nests of most true paper wasps are characterised by having open cells and a petiole attaching the nest to the substrate, or place where it is attached.
There is one small group of social crabronid wasps, in the genus Microstigmus, which also construct nests out of chewed plant fibers, though the consistency is somewhat different from those of true paper wasps, primarily due to the absence of wood fibers.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Paper_wasp   (351 words)

 Nuisance Wasps and Bees
Wasps and bees can be a serious nuisance problem throughout Colorado, particularly late in the summer when certain yellowjacket wasps forage at garbage and outdoor food areas.
Most social wasps are reddish-brown and marked with yellow, but the European paper wasp is marked with shiny fl and yellow, allowing it to be easily mistaken for a yellowjacket.
Paper wasps are beneficial predators of caterpillars and other insects and do not scavenge.
www.ext.colostate.edu /pubs/insect/05525.html   (2978 words)

 Paper Wasp - Search Results - MSN Encarta
Paper Wasp, common name for medium- to large-sized wasps that construct nests made of a papery material.
Paper is used for writing and printing, for wrapping and packaging, and for a variety...
- wasp making papery nest: a large slender wasp known for its elaborate nest that is made up of individual cells built of papery material.
ca.encarta.msn.com /Paper_Wasp.html   (139 words)

 Paper wasps   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-30)
Paper wasp adults are about 5/8 to 3/4 in (16-20 mm) long.
A paper wasp queen that has overwintered begins to build a nest in the spring.
Adult paper wasps are quick to rebuild after the nest is disturbed, so it is important to kill the adults if control is desired.
www.west-ext.com /paper_wasp.html   (366 words)

 Paper Wasps and Hornets, HYG-2077-97
Although considered beneficial to agriculture, (since northern or paper wasps feed abundantly on corn earworms, armyworms, tobacco hornworms, etc. and hornets on house flies, blow flies, harmful caterpillars, etc.), it is their painful stinging ability that causes alarm and fear.
Paper wasps and hornets also feed on bits of caterpillars or flies that are caught and partially chewed before presenting to their young.
When a paper wasp or hornet is near you, slowly raise your hands to protect your face, remaining calm and stationary for a while and then move very slowly away.
ohioline.osu.edu /hyg-fact/2000/2077.html   (1503 words)

 Paper Wasps
Like all vespid wasps, paper wasps have wings which fold longitudinally and are held along the sides of their body, not flat over the back like honey bees.
Paper wasp nests are typically small, attached by a stalk to an overhanging support, and have a single comb of cells.
Most of the time, paper wasps hang their nests from manmade structures, but trees and shrubs are used too (Reed and Vinson 1979).
crawford.tardigrade.net /bugs/BugofMonth16.html   (516 words)

 Paper Wasps - ENT/rsc-9
Paper wasps occur throughout most of the temperate climates of the world.
Female paper wasps emerge from sheltered areas in the spring and begin to construct grey, papery honeycomb-like cells under eaves, overhangs, window sills, open barns, etc. Once the first few cells have been constructed, tiny, whitish, sausage-shaped eggs are laid which will hatch in a few days.
However, if the wasp nests are considered to be a hazard, they are most easily destroyed in the evening with an aerosol insecticide that is labeled for "hornets or wasps".
www.ces.ncsu.edu /depts/ent/notes/Urban/paperwasp.htm   (951 words)

 Wasp Facts   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-30)
Wasp is the common name for any of approximately 25,000 insects that have well-defined life stages, separated by a distinct metamorphosis, the adult having a narrow waist between the first and second abdominal segments.
Social wasps include the hornets, the yellow jackets, and the large, mahogany-colored wasps known as the paper wasps; they live in communities consisting of males, females, and sterile workers.
The female and worker wasps have a sting, which is used to attack their prey or to protect them against enemies.
www.ivyhall.district96.k12.il.us /4th/kkhp/1insects/waspfax.html   (1453 words)

 Welcome to Absoute Death Pest Elimination
Behavior – The key to identifying paper wasps is the shape of the nest -- a round, upside-down paper comb that is attached by a single stalk to a horizontal surface in a protected location.
This paper nest resembles an umbrella, lending to these wasps nickname, "umbrella wasps." The colony starts out each spring as a single queen that has overwintered in a protected site, such as beneath bark, within leaf litter or inside the walls or attics of buildings.
Paper wasps are predators and feed on insects, spiders, and caterpillars.
www.brooklyn-exterminator.com /bees_wasps.html   (345 words)

 Paper wasp
Paper wasps should not be confused with yellowjackets (Vespula squamosa Drury) and baldfaced hornets (Dolichovespa maculata (Linnaeus)).
Paper wasp nests are open and cells are not covered with a cap (in an envelope).
Paper wasp nests can be dislodged from eaves using sprays of high pressure water from a good distance, taking precautions not to allow wasps to attack nearby people or pets.
insects.tamu.edu /fieldguide/cimg348.html   (359 words)

 Paper Wasp
Paper wasps build the common single-tiered circle of gray, papery nest cells, which resemble a honey comb when viewed from below.
Paper wasps, hornets and yellow jackets are the common, troublesome wasps.
Paper wasps are not as quickly angered as yellow jackets, but they do not hesitate to sting if their nest is molested.
www.beeremoval.net /ID_Guide/Paper_Wasp/paper_wasp.htm   (243 words)

 European Paper Wasp, Nests, Polistes dominulus, Paperwasp
Paper wasps are excellent predators and they won't bother you at picnics because they are not scavengers like a number of our native yellowjacket species.
However, while this wasp certainly will sting it is unlikely to swarm thus reducing the overall threat compared to their more aggressive yellowjacket cousins.
This wasp is not attracted to artificial traps nor will poison baits likely work because paper wasps require live prey.
www.livingwithbugs.com /epw.html   (737 words)

 Paper Wasp   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-30)
The term "paper wasp" is used to describe a number of wasp species in the family Vespidae and usually of the genus Polistes.
Although they are sometimes confused with yellow jackets, paper wasps are easily identified by the nests they make and their long, narrow bodies.
Paper wasp nests resemble an upside down umbrella of cells and are often found hanging under the eaves of buildings, in attics, trees, as well as other structures (see photo right).
www.lawestvector.org /paper_wasp.htm   (205 words)

 Paper Wasp   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-30)
DESCRIPTION: Paper wasps are 3/4 to 1 inch long and have longer legs and slenderer bodies than yellow jackets and hornets.
HABITAT: Paper wasps may be more inclined to build nests in attics than yellow jackets or hornets because their nests lack an outer covering.
Individual paper wasps and their nests can be sprayed with an aerosol insecticide.
www.ext.vt.edu /departments/entomology/factsheets/paperwas.html   (173 words)

 Aggressive Wasps
Golden Paper Wasps are classified in the genus Polistes and the family Fuscatus.
Since a single wasp may sting multiple times and still retain its stinger, Paper Wasp infestations are considered potentially very dangerous to humans, livestock and pets.
In the spring, after the initial nest is built by the new queen and her attendant sisters, daughter and worker wasps are incubated.
www.aaabeeremoval.com /gpage3.html   (471 words)

 Entomology - Frequently Asked Wasp Questions
Paper wasps make a nest consisting of a single comb, typically under the eave of a house or in a protected cavity like a pot or other container.
With paper wasps, you can always see the comb where the young are being raised, and the wasps tending to them.
If it is yellowjackets, then they have a paper nest inside that is full of larvae and wasps but not much else.
wasps.ucr.edu /waspfaq.html   (752 words)

 Paper Wasps
Paper wasps have a small head, with medium sized eyes and medium length antennae.
Paper wasps form small colonies, and make paper nests under tree branches and the eaves of houses.
The wasp larvae are maggot-like and develop inside the papery cells of the nest.
www.amonline.net.au /factsheets/paper_wasps.htm   (395 words)

 Paper wasps in Adelaide
Two species of social wasp are commonly encountered around Adelaide, the introduced European wasp and the native paper wasp.
The wasps themselves are darker coloured than the European wasps, and are not so likely to be seen hanging around outdoor events such as picnics and barbeques.
Paper wasps are not aggressive unless their nest is threatened.
www.waite.adelaide.edu.au /europeanwasp/html/paperwasp_main.htm   (306 words)

 Common Mud-Dauber Wasp - Sceliphron laetum   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-30)
The wasps are dark brown in colour, with yellow banded abdomen.
Mud-Dauber Wasps have the common characteristic of all wasps - the narrow waist in the middle of their body, and theirs are exceptionally long.
The body length of the wasp is 22mm, fl with yellow pattern on thorax and yellow banding on abdomen.
www.geocities.com /brisbane_wasps/Palmdart.htm   (803 words)

 Yellowjacket Wasp & Hornet Control
Paper wasp nests are not protected by an outer paper cover, unlike yellowjacket nests which are enclosed by papery material.
As wasps and hornets aggressively defend their nests, the safest method of destroying a nest is to wait until October, after the queen has left and the workers died.
Wasps that visit the meat may fall in to the bucket of water and drowned.
gardenline.usask.ca /pests/wasp.html   (693 words)

 Paper Wasps, Stinging Wasp, Paper Wasp Nest Elimination
Nests are developed by female wasps who use a unique blend of saliva and wood to form single layer nest containing individual cells.
Dealing with old wasp nests is easier, less time consuming and far less expensive than eliminating carpet beetle infestations in the home.
In rare cases, wasps or hornets will build their nest in a hole where the use of wasp freeze is not possible or safe.
www.pestproducts.com /paper_wasps.htm   (549 words)

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