Paper Wasp (Polistes exclamans)

Order: Hymenoptera (hy-men-OP-ter-a) (Info)
Family: Vespidae (VES-pid-ee) (Info)
Genus: Polistes
Species: exclamans

Regional

This bug has been reportedly found in the following regions:

Mobile, Alabama
Barling, Arkansas
Deer, Arkansas
Jacksonville, Florida
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Greensboro, North Carolina
Broken Arrow, Oklahoma
Middleburg, Pennsylvania
Garland, Texas
Richmond, Texas
Rowlett, Texas
Santa Fe, Texas
Wharton, Texas
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Members' Notes:

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Neutral

On Aug 7, 2011, vossner from Richmond, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

I've never been stung by the paper wasp, but I keep a healthy distance, just the same.....it is supposed to be a friend of the garden.

Positive

On Jun 17, 2009, bsgardens from Jacksonville, FL (Zone 9a) wrote:

I have a nest of paper wasp that have moved in to the entrance way of my greenhouse. Every morning I open up the greenhouse and one of them greets me. Does the little antenna wiggle thing then flies back into the nest. So, I say good morning. & good nite every nite when I close up the greenhouse. My face has been inches away from their nest & they just look at me. I've taken several pictures of them up close and they don't care if I'm there or not. When I have the fan on in the greenhouse they tend to land on it when it needs to be turned down... When I'm out in the yard & the dreaded yellow flies start attacking and bitting ... next thing I know, there are little paper wasps flying around me & the yellow flies disappear. I really do enjoy these wasps being around.

Positive

On Aug 11, 2008, nifty413 from Garland, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:

Definitely beneficial for gardeners; I allow them to nest right outside my door. Have (slowly) placed my hand within inches of nest without incidents.

Negative

On Apr 19, 2008, trois from Santa Fe, TX (Zone 9b) wrote:

They are likely good for the garden, but the pain and danger to children out weigh the benefits.