A new queendom begins
The days have warmed and insect activity is on the increase. Yesterday, I found and enjoyed watching a beautiful paper wasp beginning her nest on the underside of a yucca leaf. The central petiole which the nest will be suspended from can be seen near her mouth. This consists of chewed plant material such as wood, mixed with her saliva.
This female will become the queen if the colony can be established.
Polistes genus, possibly humilis or variabilis sp.
20 mm body length