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Brown Large Paper Wasp - Polistes stigma townsvillensis

FAMILY VESPIDAE

This page contains pictures and information about Brown Large Paper Wasps that we found in the Brisbane area, Queensland, Australia.

Body length 20mm
 
This Paper Wasp id brown in colour with yellow strips on thorax and abdomen. 
 
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This Paper Wasp is not as common as the other two Paper Wasp species in Brisbane. 
 
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Workers forage food, i.e., caterpillars and some other soft body insects to feed the larvae in the nest. Adult wasps feed on nectar from flowers. 

Reference:
1. paper wasp, Polistes stigma townsvillensis Giordani Soika - Insect images, 2010.
2. Northern Territory Insects, A Comprehensive Guide CD - Graham Brown, 2009.
3. Polistes stigma townsvillensis - Graeme's Insects of Townsville, Australia, 2004.
4. The Australian social wasps (Hymenoptera : Vespidae) - Richards, OW (1978),  Australian Journal of Zoology Supplementary Series 26 , 1132. 

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Last updated: July 29, 2012.