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Do You Know Where Your Pollinators Are?

European paper wasps protecting the nest they're building on the lip of a recycling bin near the Mann lab, UC Davis campus. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

It's National Pollinator Week. Do you know where your pollinators are? If you're thinking bees, butterflies, beetles, birds (hummingbirds) and bats, you're correct. But what about European paper wasps (Polistes dominula)? They're pollinators, too, says...

European paper wasps protecting the nest they're building on the lip of a recycling bin near the Mann lab, UC Davis campus. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
European paper wasps protecting the nest they're building on the lip of a recycling bin near the Mann lab, UC Davis campus. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

European paper wasps protecting the nest they're building on the lip of a recycling bin near the Mann lab, UC Davis campus. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

European paper wasp chowing down on food on the lip of a recycling bin near the Mann lab, UC Davis campus. Another wasp delivered it to the guard. Maybe it's the remains of a caterpillar? (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
European paper wasp chowing down on food on the lip of a recycling bin near the Mann lab, UC Davis campus. Another wasp delivered it to the guard. Maybe it's the remains of a caterpillar? (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

European paper wasp chowing down on food on the lip of a recycling bin near the Mann lab, UC Davis campus. Another wasp delivered it to the guard. Maybe it's the remains of a caterpillar? (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Wednesday, June 19, 2019 at 4:20 PM
Focus Area Tags: Environment Yard & Garden

These European Paper Wasps Didn't Get the Memo

A sign on a UC Davis recycling bin clearly says

They didn't get the memo. A sign on a recycling bin near the Mann Laboratory at the University of California, Davis, clearly reads "Bottles and Cans Only." It says nothing about wasps. But there they were: European paper wasps (Polistes dominula)...

A sign on a UC Davis recycling bin clearly says
A sign on a UC Davis recycling bin clearly says "Bottles and Cans Only." It says nothing about wasps. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A sign on a UC Davis recycling bin clearly says "Bottles and Cans Only." It says nothing about wasps. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Close-up of the European paper wasps building their nest beneath the overhanging lid of a recycling bin. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Close-up of the European paper wasps building their nest beneath the overhanging lid of a recycling bin. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Close-up of the European paper wasps building their nest beneath the overhanging lid of a recycling bin. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

European paper wasps even built a nest in a donation box in the Reiman Gardens, Iowa State University.
European paper wasps even built a nest in a donation box in the Reiman Gardens, Iowa State University. "These ladies had expensive taste," quipped associate professor Amy Toth, who reseachers European paper wasps. (Photo by Amy Merritt, Reiman Gardens)

European paper wasps even built a nest in a donation box in the Reiman Gardens, Iowa State University. "These ladies had expensive taste," quipped associate professor Amy Toth, who reseachers European paper wasps. (Photo by Amy Merritt, Reiman Gardens)

Getting Steak and Dessert at the Same Time

A European paper wasp catching prey on a showy milkweed, Asclepias speciosa. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Monarch butterflies aren't the only insects that hang around milkweed, their host plant. You're likely to see a variety of predators, such as the European paper wasp, Polistes dominula. This paper wasp is a little skittish around paparazzi so it helps...

A European paper wasp catching prey on a showy milkweed, Asclepias speciosa. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A European paper wasp catching prey on a showy milkweed, Asclepias speciosa. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A European paper wasp catching prey on a showy milkweed, Asclepias speciosa. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A European wasp feeding on prey on a tropical milkweed, Asclepias curassavica. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A European wasp feeding on prey on a tropical milkweed, Asclepias curassavica. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A European wasp feeding on prey on a tropical milkweed, Asclepias curassavica. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Eye to eye, and nose to antennae with a European paper wasp. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Eye to eye, and nose to antennae with a European paper wasp. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Eye to eye, and nose to antennae with a European paper wasp. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Close-up of European paper wasp. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Close-up of European paper wasp. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Close-up of European paper wasp. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Monday, August 14, 2017 at 5:07 PM

Yellowjacket or Paper Wasp?

A Western yellowjacket, Vespula pensylvanica, sipping water. Note the black antennae. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Western yellowjackets, nicknamed "meat bees" (as opposed to the "vegetarian honey bees") are often misidentified. A recent visitor at a camp in the Sierra Nevada mountain range witnessed a large number of wasps and stinging behavior. They crowded...

A Western yellowjacket, Vespula pensylvanica, sipping water. Note the black antennae. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A Western yellowjacket, Vespula pensylvanica, sipping water. Note the black antennae. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A Western yellowjacket, Vespula pensylvanica, sipping water. Note the black antennae. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A European paper wasp, Polistes dominula, soaking up sun. Note the orange antennae.(Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A European paper wasp, Polistes dominula, soaking up sun. Note the orange antennae.(Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A European paper wasp, Polistes dominula, soaking up sun. Note the orange antennae.(Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

This is a European paper wasp nest tucked inside a shrub. Yellowjacket nests are often in abandoned rodent nests. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
This is a European paper wasp nest tucked inside a shrub. Yellowjacket nests are often in abandoned rodent nests. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

This is a European paper wasp nest tucked inside a shrub. Yellowjacket nests are often in abandoned rodent nests. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Friday, September 2, 2016 at 3:29 PM

And Along Came a Wasp...

A European paper wasp, Polistes dominula, attacks a Gulf Fritillary caterpillar. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

So here's this cute little reddish/orangish caterpillar munching away on a passionflower vine. It's Sunday and he's having Sunday dinner--after having Sunday breakfast and lunch and snacks in between, thank you. He's on his way to becoming a Gulf...

A European paper wasp, Polistes dominula, attacks a Gulf Fritillary caterpillar. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A European paper wasp, Polistes dominula, attacks a Gulf Fritillary caterpillar. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A European paper wasp, Polistes dominula, attacks a Gulf Fritillary caterpillar. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The non-battle is over within seconds,as the wasp shreds the caterpillar. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
The non-battle is over within seconds,as the wasp shreds the caterpillar. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The non-battle is over within seconds,as the wasp shreds the caterpillar. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Trapeze style, the predator  devours its prey. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Trapeze style, the predator devours its prey. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Trapeze style, the predator devours its prey. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The European paper wasp finishes off the rest of the caterpillar. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
The European paper wasp finishes off the rest of the caterpillar. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The European paper wasp finishes off the rest of the caterpillar. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Monday, August 29, 2016 at 4:04 PM

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