||Brownish with yellow markings; a few species with reddish markings
||Wasp-like, with long legs
||5/8 – 3/4” (16-20 mm)
||Found throughout U.S.
Paper wasps get their common name from the paper-like material out
of which they make their nests. Paper wasps are sometimes called
umbrella wasps, after the shape of their distinctive nests.
Paper wasps are semi-social and live in small colonies. They eat
nectar and other insects including caterpillars and flies. In the
autumn, inseminated females will seek places to spend the winter,
and may find their way indoors, especially if there is a cathedral
Paper wasps hang their comb nests from twigs and branches of trees
and shrubs, porch ceilings, the tops of window and doorframes,
soffits, eaves, attic rafters, deck floor joists and railings, etc.
While not an aggressive species by nature, paper wasps will sting
if they are disturbed or their nest is threatened. Wasp stings are
painful and can cause the same risk of allergic reaction as other