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Polistes fuscatus


  • Actual Size: 0.75 to 1.25”

  • Characteristics: Black abdomen, mahogany body with distinct yellow ring, black wings

  • Legs: 6

  • Antennae: Yes


  • Build umbrella-shaped, paper-like nests in residential yards. Nests often hang from twigs and branches, porch ceilings, and more


  • Moderately aggressive wasps that are often confused for yellowjackets
  • Eat nectar and other insects, including flies and caterpillars
  • Female wasps will help each other build nests but only one queen will lay eggs

Paper Wasps In Puerto Rico

There are over 22 species of paper wasps in the nation. They are often confused for yellowjackets, but most of these wasps are more red/brown in color with yellow markings. Often confused with yellowjackets, paper wasps are sometimes referred to as umbrella wasps, and are most easily identified by their nests. Paper wasp nests often look like an upside-down paper cone and typically hang from a horizontal surface in a shaded, protected location. Like other types of wasps, paper wasps feed on insects, spiders, and more. These wasps can become aggressive when they build their nests in San Juan or Ponce area neighborhoods.

Paper Wasp Habitat

Paper wasp nests are known to look like upside-down umbrellas and have a papier mȃché feel to them. Unlike yellow jackets, paper wasp nests are somewhat open and not completely covered. Nests can most often be found either on tree branches or under eaves, attic rafters, and porch ceilings. Because nests can be built directly on a home, these wasps have been known to make their way indoors through holes in attic vent screens or underneath shingles. These nests tend to be smaller than other types of wasp nests.

Paper Wasp Behaviors, Threats & Dangers

Similarly to mud daubers, paper wasps are considered to be beneficial to the environment for keeping the insect population under control. They also assist in pollination by feeding on nectar. Paper wasps are considered aggressive and have been known to sting repeatedly when threatened. For this reason, it’s important to never disturb their nest. Stings can be extremely painful, which is why you should leave it up to a professional wasp removal expert to control paper wasp infestations in or near your home.


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