European Paper Wasp  (three photos)
Family Vespidae
Species Polistes dominula

stealing from the web
I watched this Paper Wasp on Antelope Island fly up to a Neoscona spider
web (spider absent)
and take what appeared to be lunch and then fly off.
It was totally intentional
and the wasp had no problem getting off the
 silk.  Weird! Carol Davis

european paper wasp
These wasps are constantly being confused with Yellowjackets.  If you wish to know
which one you have in your yard, and you don't mind getting up close and personal
 with them, take a look at the antennae: yellow (or orange) and black - Paper Wasp; all
black - Yellowjacket.  Paper wasps are quite striking (no pun intended!) with their
stripes and beautiful eyes.  Red Butte Garden. Carol Davis, 9-4-2012

european paper wasp
While these wasps at Red Butte Garden tend to be more social as they buzz among the flowers, at my
house they chase away hummingbirds from their feeders, harass my cats, and sting any human doing
yard work within a quarter mile of their nests, especially in the Fall. Below is the most important picture
because it shows the business end of these wasps - the end you're probably most familiar with. 

Carol Davis, 9-4-2012

paper wasp
  Carol Davis, 9-4-2012

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