Paper Wasp (three
"Bearer of Gold"
I was stopped in my tracks by the beauty of this
wasp. It was just
lying peacefully upside-down on a leaf on Antelope Island.
According to a few of the articles I have seen, Polistes aurifer make
paper nests, usually in a protected spot. An article from
states these wasps, in addition to gathering nectar, feed on
caterpillars. Sooo, they help keep your yard free of
pesky caterpillars eating your plants. Unfortunately,
they are related to the "cranky" Yellowjacket, which is usually not a
humans, me included. It's hard not to like a wasp like the
"Bearer of Gold" because of its ornate, golden beauty. ©
Carol Davis 9-2-2008
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