Paper wasp on a spider lily leaf they are considered beneficial by gardeners. The asian paper wasp resembles the australian sometimes called the tasmanian paper wasp polistes tasmaniensis humilis a black and red brown wasp with yellowish legs facing page below which has been part of the bush and garden scene of northern new zealand for over 100 years.
Chinensis antennalis is an invasive species in new zealand having arrived in 1979.
Asian paper wasp. Edwards said it was unclear if the population of paper wasps was growing in the region. They collect caterpillars beetle larvae and other insect prey to feed their young. This closely related species is larger than the native polistes and tends to have more distinctive yellow and brown bands.
It looks identical lives in the same places urban areas and makes the same kind of nest. I encountered what inaturalist and my amateur eyes believe to be an asian paper wasp. The paper wasp polistinae paper wasp characteristics.
Asian paper wasp polistes chinensis black and yellow males are smaller then females. Most paper wasps in north america belong to the genus polistes. Paper wasps are usually brown with yellow markings on the head thorax and bands on the abdomen.
Polistes chinensis is a polistine vespid wasp in the cosmopolitan genus polistes and is commonly known as the asian chinese or japanese paper wasp. I don t know much about wasps but i was curious because some short googling made it seem as if they weren t known to be here. Recently the introduced asian paper wasp polistes chinensis has been reported from several inner city suburbs of sydney.
What is a paper wasp. Paper wasps get their common name from the paper like material out of which they make their nests. Paper wasps are 3 4 to 1 inch long slender narrow waisted wasps with smoky black wings that are folded lengthwise when at rest.
These stinging insects are semi social creatures as they typically live in small colonies but do not have a worker caste. Asian paper wasps arrived in the late 1970s with australian paper wasps in the 1880s. It is found in east asia in particular china and japan.
Most wasps are beneficial in their natural habitat and are critically important in natural biocontrol. Paper wasps are sometimes called umbrella wasps after the shape of their distinctive nests. Paper wasps are a group of several species of vespid wasp.
Paper wasps should not be confused with yellowjackets and baldfaced hornets. Paper wasps feed on nectar and other insects including caterpillars flies and beetle larvae. Although their tendency to sting in defense of their nests can be of concern these wasps do serve an important ecological purpose as predators of other insects.
The abdomen has some yellow orange bands but is mainly black.