Saturday, August 8, 2009

Red Wasp (Polistes carolina)

We’ve been in a drought pattern for the last few years and we've seen numerous wasps coming to water plant containers to drink. This year has been a ‘wet’ year and we haven’t seen a lot of wasps until now that we’re in the ‘dry’ months.

Red Wasps (Polistes carolina) have been visiting the Sicklepod (Coffeeweed; Senna obtusifolia) flowers near the house in the last week or so. In my experience, they are not aggressive wasps and will fly away if I get too close.

And a close-up...

Identification resources:

- BugGuide: Red Wasp (Polistes carolina)

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