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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.
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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.]
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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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Paper wasps build nests under eaves, signs and fence railings and will sting if disturbed.
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Unlike honey bees, members of the wasp family--including yellow jackets, paper wasps and hornets--tend to be more aggressive attackers who can repeatedly sting.
Unlike honey bees, members of the wasp family--including yellow jackets, paper wasps and hornets--tend to be aggressive attackers that repeatedly sting their targets.
Feng, "Structures, properties, and functions of the stings of honey bees and paper wasps: a comparative study," Biology Open, vol.
For paper wasps, that means no closer than 4 or 5 feet from the nest, and 10 to 15 feet for a hornet's nest.
A generic key to the nests of hornets, yellow jackets, and paper wasps worldwide (Vespidae: Vespinae, Polistinae).
Yellowjackets, bumblebees, paper wasps, and hornets can all sting multiple times without hurting themselves.
Similarly marked paper wasps are normally not aggressive.