1. Guinea Paper Wasp
Typical and Variable Guinea Paper Wasps (Polistes exclamans) are found in the US. Texas Guinea Wasps are mostly part of the Typical sub-group.
2. Yellow-Legged Mud-Dauber Wasp
This wasp (Sceliphron caementarium) is part of the sphecid family. Its name is derived from the Latin word of ‘builder’ or ‘builder of walls’.
3. Eastern Cicada-Killer Wasp
This solitary wasp is instantly recognizable given its large size. It reaches a maximum size of 2 inches, making it one of the largest types of wasps in Texas.
4. Hunter’s Little Paper Wasp
As one of the smallest wasps in Texas, the Hunter’s Little Paper Wasp (Polistes dorsalis) still has a lot of significance.
5. Metric Paper Wasp
The Metric Paper Wasp (Polistes metricus) is instantly recognizable by its rusty-red body. Yellow markings are rare and are typically only seen on its head.
6. Apache Paper Wasp
The Apache Paper Wasp (Polistes apachus) has a brown-yellow body. It’s largely found in Texas and areas of New Mexico, California, and Mexico.
7. Southern Yellowjacket
These wasps are known for their Texas and Central American distribution. They are some of the most feared wasps as they form nests where they bring all types of food.
8. Fine-Backed Red Paper Wasp
The Fine-backed Red Paper Wasp has an iron-red color that resembles rusty iron. This visual identity is specific to females as the male wasps have darker color bodies.
9. Great Golden Digger Wasp
This digger wasp (Sphex ichneumoneus) is unique. It digs holes into the ground for its eggs and covers them up to close off potential threats to the eggs.
10. Blue-Eyed Ensign Wasp
The Blue-eyed Ensign Wasp (Evania appendigaster) gets its name from its large blue eyes. This wasp is part of the Evaniidae family.
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