27 Common Wasps In North Carolina


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1. Metric Paper Wasp

The metric paper wasp (Polistes metricus) share nests with other wasps of the same species, sometimes reusing nests over multiple seasons.

2. European Hornet

European hornets (Vespa crabro) are the only true hornet that can be found in North America. They were introduced in the 1800s by the European settlers.

3. Eastern Yellowjacket

Eastern yellowjackets (Vespula maculifrons) are found in nests in buildings and recreational areas. 

4. Dark Paper Wasp

The dark paper wasp (Polistes fuscatus), also known as the northern paper wasp, are known to build their nests close to humans.

5. Blue-Winged Scoliid Wasp

Blue-winged scoliid wasps (Scolia dubia) are also known as the two-spotted scoliid wasp.

6. Guinea Paper Wasp

The Guinea paper wasp (Polistes exclamans) is a social wasp, belonging to the Vespidae family.

7. Gold-Marked Thread-Waisted Wasp

The gold-marked threat-waisted wasp (Eremnophila aureonotata) has a blue-black body with gold patches that are distinctive to this species.

8. Wool Sower Gall Wasp

Galls (Callirhytis seminator) are very distinctive and the gall from the wool sower gall wasp is round and wool with brown and pink spots.

9. Eastern Cicada-Killer Wasp

The Eastern cicada killer wasp (Sphecius speciosus) is a solitary digger wasp, also referred to as a sand hornet.

10. Bald-Faced Hornet

The bald-faced hornet (Dolichovespula maculata) is a yellowjacket wasp species with large colonies of up to seven hundred workers.

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