Paper Wasp

Polistes (?)

Polistes Vespidae from Kakamega Forest, Kenya, photo © by Michael Plagens

Observed near Rondo, Kakamega Forest, Kenya. Oct. 2017.

Paper wasps construct nests from paper that the workers produce using chewed wood and salivary secretions. The adults wasps prey on insects and also bring nectar and pollen from flowers to feed the young within the papery cells. The specimen shown here has distinct yellow-brown maculations on the abdomen and the anterior corners of the pronotum.

Vespidae -- Hornet Family

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Kenya Natural History

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