Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Paper Wasps

Photo by Ned Harris 4/30/2014

Paper wasps tending a nest on one of the restrooms in Sabino Canyon. Bug Eric (Eric Eaton) had this to say about them:

Yes, those are eggs in some of the cells. The capped ones have pupae inside. All wasps are the same species: Polistes major, but different subspecies. Yellow one is P. major major, dark ones are P. major castaneicolor. This might be a rather unusual situation.

More info on the wasps of this area can be found here (on the Arizona Sonora Desert Museum site).

1 comment:

  1. https://www.flickr.com/photos/arizona_native/14121629873/sizes/h/
    This was a nest nearby with pupae showing in some of the uncapped cells.