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Dark-faced Brown Paper Wasp - Ropalidia gracilenta

FAMILY VESPIDAE

This page contains pictures and information about Dark-faced Brown Paper Wasps that we found in the Brisbane area, Queensland, Australia.
 
Body length 15mm
 
This is a medium size Paper Wasp. They are reddish brown in colour with creamy-white face. The are the thin white rings on the shoulder, waist and abdomen. 
 
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This species look very similar to the White-faced Paper Wasp except the dark face and the narrower waist. They build different shape of nest.
 
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Their nest look like a long stick hanging off the branch. The comb is about 200mm long with one or two columns of cells.
 
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We found the wasps and their nests a few times in the Eucalypts forests in Brisbane. 

Reference:
1. The Australian social wasps (Hymenoptera : Vespidae) - Richards, OW (1978),  Australian Journal of Zoology Supplementary Series 26 , 1132.
2. THE MALE OF ROPALIDIA GRACILENTA RICHARDS (HYMENOPTERA: VESPIDAE), WITH NOTES ON THE FEMALE AND A NEST - J. Kojima, Australian Journal of Entomology, Volume 26, Issue 2, pages 149151, May 1987. 

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