European Paper Wasp Polistes dominulus
European Paper Wasp Polistes dominulus
European Paper Wasp Polistes dominulus
European Paper Wasp Polistes dominulus
European Paper Wasp Polistes dominulus
European Paper Wasp Polistes dominulus

European Paper Wasp Polistes dominulus

The European Paper Wasp (Polistes dominulus aka dominula), a common North American speices, was introduced from Europe. It is our only paper wasp with orangish-brown antennae. These wasps are about 1.5 cm long.

Wasps in the family Vespidae normally fold their forewings longitudinally at rest (1, 3). Image 2 shows an unfolded wing, with the veination visible.

Images 4 and 5 show a nest. Image 5 shows larvae at different stages of development. In a video, you can see this female clean herself, poke her head into a cell, then fan the nest.

Polistes dominulus shows variation in the facial markings (6). These markings appear to signal mating quality. (See Facial Quality Signal in a Wasp)