Paper Wasp  (three photos)
Polistes aurifer

"Bearer of Gold"

gold wasp

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. 
Carol Davis 9-2-2008

paper wasp
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.  Carol Davis 9-2-2008


  It's hard not to appreciate a wasp like this because
of its ornate, golden beauty.  Carol Davis 9-2-2008

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