Paper Wasp

Size: 5/8 ? 3/4? (16-20 mm)

Appearance: Brownish with yellow markings; a few species with reddish markings. Wasp-like, with long legs.

Habitat: Paper wasps hang their comb nests from twigs and branches of trees and shrubs, porch ceilings, the tops of window and doorframes, soffits, eaves, attic rafters, deck floor joists and railings, etc. In the autumn, inseminated females will seek places to spend the winter, and may find their way indoors, especially if there is a cathedral ceiling present.

Potential Harm: Paper wasps are not an aggressive species by nature, but will sting if they are disturbed or their nest is threatened. Their sting is painful and has the same risk of allergic reaction as with other stinging insects.