Paper wasps are one of the most common vespid wasps seen around home. Most vespid wasps are social insects, living in a colony that includes a queen and its male and infertile female workers. Paper wasps build their nests from wood fibers. They chew and mix the wood fibers with their saliva to form a pulp which is used to construct a paper-like nest, found above or below ground. When threatened, these wasps can sting multiple times.
Patio Life is exhibiting at 3S Artspace in Portsmouth, NH (closed until further notice). The exhibit features over 20 large format reproductions of insects, a 6 foot wide map of where the insects were photographed and the book, Patio Life.
Kingdom: Animal Phylum: Arthropods Class: Insects Order: Ants, Bees, Wasps and Sawflies (Hymenoptera) Family: Yellowjackets and Hornets, Paper Wasps; Potter, Mason and Pollen Wasps (Vespidae) Genus: Paper Wasps (Polistes) Species: Northern Paper Wasp