||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.
Various species are found throughout the United States.
Paper wasps are semi-social and live in small colonies. They eat
nectar and other insects including caterpillars and flies.
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. In the autumn, inseminated females will seek places
to spend the winter, and may find their way indoors, especially if
there is a cathedral ceiling present.
Paper wasps are not an aggressive species by nature, but will
sting if they are disturbed or their nest is threatened. Wasp
stings are painful and cause the same risk of allergic reaction as
with other insect stings.