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Polistes fuscatus (Paper wasp)

Synonyms: Polistes exilis; Polistes fortunatus; Polistes laurentianus; Polistes pallidipes; Polistes pallipes; Polistes variatus; Vespa nestor

Wikipedia Abstract

Polistes fuscatus, whose common name is the golden or northern paper wasp, is widely found throughout southern Canada, the United States, and Central America. It often nests around human development. However, it greatly prefers areas in which wood is readily available for use as nest material, therefore they are also found near and in woodlands and savannas. P. fuscatus is a social wasp that is part of a complex society based around a single dominant queen along with other cofoundresses and a dominance hierarchy.
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Diet [1]  Omnivore
Hibernates [1]  Yes


Diogmites angustipennis[2]
Diogmites basalis[2]
Diogmites discolor[2]
Mallophora orcina (southern bee killer)[2]
Pogonioefferia helenae <Unverified Name>[2]
Proctacanthus milbertii[2]
Proctacanthus rufus[2]


Pollinator of 
Ascerates floridana <Unverified Name>[3]
Asclepias incarnata (rose milkweed)[3]
Asclepias verticillata (eastern whorled milkweed)[3]
Bidens laevis (bur-marigold)[3]
Blephilia hirsuta (hairy pagoda-plant)[3]
Boltonia asteroides (white doll's daisy)[3]
Camassia scilloides (Atlantic camas)[3]
Capsella bursa-pastoris (Shepherd's Purse)[3]
Ceanothus americanus (new jersey tea)[3]
Centaurea woronowii (Woronow's Centaury)[3]
Cercis canadensis (Judas Tree)[3]
Cicuta maculata (poison parsnip)[3]
Cornus florida (flowering dogwood)[3]
Crataegus coccinea (Scarlet Hawthorn)[3]
Crataegus crus-galli (cockspur hawthorn)[3]
Crataegus mollis (Downy Hawthorn)[3]
Cynanchum laeve (climbing milkweed)[3]
Erechthites hieracifolia <Unverified Name>[3]
Eryngium yuccifolium (button eryngo)[3]
Eupatorium perfoliatum (Common Boneset)[3]
Eupatorium serotinum (late boneset)[3]
Euphorbia corollata (flowering spurge)[3]
Frasera fastigiata (clustered green gentian)[3]
Helenium autumnale (common sneezeweed)[3]
Heracleum sphondylium var. nipponicum (cow parsnip)[3]
Iris versicolor (Harlequin Blueflag)[3]
Lindera triloba (sassafras)[3]
Ludvigia polycarpa <Unverified Name>[3]
Lycopus americanus (American bugleweed)[3]
Melilotus albus (Sweet Clover)[3]
Oxypolis rigidior (stiff cowbane)[3]
Pastinaca sativa (wild parship)[3]
Perideridia americana (osage perideridia)[3]
Persicaria attenuata subsp. pulchra (pale smartweed)[3]
Persicaria bicornis (Pennsylvania knotweed)[3]
Persicaria foliosa var. paludicola (swamp smartweed)[3]
Persicaria hydropiper (marshpepper knotweed)[3]
Persicaria punctata (dotted smartweed)[3]
Polytaenia nuttallii (Nuttall's prairie parsley)[3]
Prunus americana (Wild Plum)[3]
Prunus serotina (Black Cherry)[3]
Pycnanthemum flexuosum (Appalachian mountainmint)[3]
Pycnanthemum verticillatum var. pilosum (whorled mountainmint)[3]
Ratibida pinnata (Grey-headed Coneflower)[3]
Rhus glabra (smooth sumac)[3]
Rudbeckia triloba (Thin-leaved Coneflower)[3]
Sagittaria latifolia (Duck Potato)[3]
Salix cordata (heartleaf willow)[3]
Salix interior (sandbar willow)[3]
Scorzonera franchetii[3]
Scrophularia marilandica (maryland figwort)[3]
Scutellaria parvula (small skullcap)[3]
Sicyos angulatus (bur cucumber)[3]
Sium suave (hemlock water-parsnip)[3]
Solidago altissima subsp. altissima (Canada goldenrod)[3]
Solidago nemoralis (Gray Goldenrod)[3]
Solidago rigida (stiff goldenrod)[3]
Solidago speciosa (Showy Goldenrod)[3]
Solidago ulmifolia (Elm-leaved Goldenrod)[3]
Strophostyles helvola[3]
Stylocline citroleum (grass-leaved goldenrod)[3]
Symphoricarpos orbicularis <Unverified Name>[3]
Symphyotrichum lateriflorum (Side-flowering Aster)[3]
Symphyotrichum pilosum (Frost Aster)[3]
Teucrium canadense (American germander)[3]
Viburnum prunifolium (blackhaw)[3]
Zanthoxylum americanum (Common pricky-ash)[3]
Zizia aurea (golden zizia)[3]



Attributes / relations provided by
1Myers, P., R. Espinosa, C. S. Parr, T. Jones, G. S. Hammond, and T. A. Dewey. 2006. The Animal Diversity Web (online). Accessed February 01, 2010 at
2Predator-Prey Database for the family Asilidae (Hexapoda: Diptera) Prepared by Dr. Robert Lavigne, Professor Emeritus, University of Wyoming, USA and Dr. Jason Londt (Natal Museum, Pietermaritzburg)
3Robertson, C. Flowers and insects lists of visitors of four hundred and fifty three flowers. 1929. The Science Press Printing Company Lancaster, PA.
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