Angry Bees!

Angry Bees, you know, like “Angry Birds.” Technically, these insects are wasps, not bees. Fortunately, they weren’t angry although they looked scary! Specifically, the following photos show Paper Wasps (Polistes sp.) building a nest on Swamp Rose (Rosa palustris). I photographed the wasp nest during photowalks through the central wetland area at Huntley Meadows Park on 15-16 October 2013.

15 October 2013

15 October 2013

Thanks to Kim Phillips, Small Wonders and member of the BugGuide group on Facebook, for identifying the unknown insects as Paper Wasps. Two other members of the BugGuide group made the following species-specific comments.

Hi, the wasps appear to be Polistes metricus. The second picture [shown below] seems to show the distended 2nd tergite of the wasp on the center-right of the nest. Source Credit: Ian The Notsogreat, member of the BugGuide group on Facebook.

Polistes metricus or P. parametricus would be a good bet. There may be other “cryptic” species. In any event, very difficult to diagnose from images alone. Source Credit: Eric Eaton, member of the BugGuide group on Facebook.

16 October 2013

16 October 2013

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One Response to “Angry Bees!”

  1. Mike Powell Says:

    Wasps are one of the few insects from which I like to keep a really healthy distance. They seem angry most of the time and I don’t want their attention diverted to me.

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