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paper wasp

n.
Any of various social vespid wasps, especially those in the genus Polistes, that build papery nests from chewed wood pulp.

pa′per wasp`


n.
any of several social wasps, as the yellow jacket or hornet, that construct a nest of a paperlike substance.
[1850–55.]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.paper wasp - any of several social wasps that construct nests of a substance like paperpaper wasp - any of several social wasps that construct nests of a substance like paper
vespid, vespid wasp - mostly social nest-building wasps
Polistes annularis - a variety of paper wasp
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2014) carried out the phylogeny of the paper wasp genus Polistes is investigated using six genes (COI, 12S, 16S, 28S, H3, and EF1-a).
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2006); individuals of Pachysomoides fulvus Cresson, 1864 (Hymenoptera: Ichneumonidae), Chalcoela pegasalis Walker, 1859 (Lepidoptera: Crambidae), Elasmus polistis Burks, 1971 (Hymenoptera: Eulophidae) and Xenos peckii Kirby, 1813 (Coleoptera: Stylopidae) parasitize the paper wasp Polistes metricus Say, 1831 (Hymenoptera: Vespidae) in northeast Georgia, USA (Hodges et al.
PAPER WASP COMMON paper wasps are slender with long, thin wings.
But it developed a novel slant when two evolutionary biologists from the University of Michigan argued that a type of paper wasp, like people, shows signs of using specialized approaches to recognize faces of its own kind.
the Oriental hornet Vespa orientalis, the Arabian paper wasp Polistes wattii, and several colourful species of potter wasps, Delta spp.