Red Wasp

COMMON NAME — Red Wasp
SCIENTIFIC NAME — Polistes perplexus
FAMILY — Vespidae
ORDER — Hymenoptera


In close pursuit of a Red Wasp. 23 Jul 2013. Click to enlarge.

In close pursuit of a Red Wasp. 23 Jul 2013. Click to enlarge.

It was a warm sunny day and this wasp was on an adventure that captured my interest. It had me chasing it all over the back of the property in an attempt to photo-document a tiny slice of its active life.


A landing place. 23 Jul 2013. Click to enlarge.

A landing place. 23 Jul 2013. Click to enlarge.

Its apparatus looks a bit too clunky to properly perch on this grass stalk.


Another persepctive. 23 Jul 2013. Click to enlarge.

Another persepctive. 23 Jul 2013. Click to enlarge.

No worries. The legs are better built for hanging on a grass stalk rather than perching on it. Having very little knowledge of this wasp, I cannot comment much on what I see.


 

On a Heath Aster plant. 23 Jul 2013. Click to enlarge.

On a Heath Aster plant. 23 Jul 2013. Click to enlarge.

Here the wasp is on a Heath Aster plant, a species which, according to my observations, blooms between September and November. It looks like the wasp’s left foreleg claw is on its face.


A few details about this Red Wasp:

Range From Maryland to Georgia, and west to southern Illinois, Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas.

Habitat Tends to nest in hollow trees and other protected locations, as opposed to the Polistes carolina, a nearly identical species which nests in more open areas.

Diet Adults commonly prey on caterpillars, chew them up and feed to the larvae in the nest. They are capable of preying on something as large as a cicada.

Other — This species is a large wasp compared to other Paper Wasps.


Red Wasp photos and information at:

iNaturalist
Project Noah
BugGuide.net (Genus Polistes)
Bug Eric’s Blog (professional entomologist)
Wikipedia (Genus Polistes)
Google Images


Related Links on this site:

– All Wasp Posts
– Ants Bees Wasps Index


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