I bet I got You on the word "STING". Do not be afraid as these photos will not sting! Once You begin to learn about these insects, there will be no more fear at the mention of their name! It is important to realize that humans share the planet with many other living things. We are loosing bees, (wasps, hornets, dragonflies and many others) due to pesticides and other things happening in the Environment. Please help raise awareness about the disappearing insects that pollinate our plants. In your photostudy tonight, I tried to capture the graceful beauty of these talented winged insects.
Red Paper Wasp
Wasps of the cosmopolitan genus Polistes (the only genus in the tribe Polistini) are the most familiar of the polistine wasps, and are the most common type of paper wasp. It is also the single largest genus within the family Vespidae, with over 300 recognized species and subspecies. Their innate preferences for nest-building sites leads them to commonly build nests on human habitation, where they can be very unwelcome; although generally not aggressive, they can be provoked into defending their nests. All species are predatory, and they may consume large numbers of caterpillars, in which respect they are generally considered beneficial. The European paper wasp, Polistes dominula, was introduced into the US about 1981 and has quickly spread throughout most of the country, in most cases replacing native species within a few years. This species is very commonly mistaken for a yellowjacket, as it is black, strongly marked with yellow, and quite different from the native North American species of Polistes. Polistes wasps can be identified by their characteristic flight; their long legs dangle below their bodies, which are also more slender than a yellowjacket.
- Founding (or pre-emergence) phase
- Worker phase
- Reproductive phase
- Intermediate phase
Dominance hierarchy system[edit|edit source]
Double Pink Althea
Life cycle[edit|edit source]
Dragonflies and damselflies[edit|edit source]
Flowers and Bees outside my kitchen window!
...this is brendasue signing off from Rainbow Creek. See You next time.
Remember: Try to Stop using Pesticides as they are killing the bees.