Paper Wasps

Last Saturday on the way to the farmer’s market, I noticed this Bald-faced Hornet (Dolichovespula maculata) nest hanging low in a London Plane.
I’m seeing a lot of these wasps this year. This nest should get bigger in the next month. I’ll try to monitor it week by week.
Also last Saturday, in the Central Park of the Inner Borough, I saw a Common Aerial Yellowjacket (Dolichovespula arenaria) nest. The paper structure is similar, but the wasps are black and yellow. Bald-faced are all over, but this is only the second Common Aerial nest I’ve ever seen here in the city.
Of course, once the leaves fall and these big paper footballs are exposed to better view, the wasps have died off for the year (only queens overwinter) and it may be hard to tell which of these two species built it.

4 Responses to “Paper Wasps”


  1. 1 Chuck McAlexander August 19, 2022 at 7:30 am

    It would be interesting to see what the internal structure looks like. The many tunnels and chambers, all done with a purpose in mind, would be fascinating. The differences between designs of separate species would, too.

  2. 4 Paul Lamb August 20, 2022 at 10:06 am

    I admire the nests, but I do not like the occupants!


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