Monday, June 25, 2012

Banded Paper Wasp (Polistes sagittarius), Sumatra Indonesia

Photos in this post were taken in Bengkulu Sumatra Indonesia. This was is from the family of Vespidae under genus of Polistes. The scientific name for this wasp is Polistes sagittarius (Saussure, 1854).



The appearance of this paper wasp (subfamily of Polistinae) really looks like another wasp from the subfamily of Vespinae (Hornets and Yellowjackets). If it was not i took the picture of it at its nest, i would probably mistaken this paper wasp with Vespa affinis, the hornet wasp that also existed around my place in Bengkulu, Sumatra Indonesia.

This wasp has dark brown color of head, thorax and body. The thorax has black mark on its upperside. The abdomen has broad yellow band at the second segment of abdomen. The wings are dark brown at the base and gradually getting transparrent at the tip. The size is about 20mm.

Scientific Classification:
Phylum : Arthropoda - Arthropods
Class : Insecta - Insects
Order : Hymenoptera - Ants, Bees, Wasps and Sawflies
No Taxon : Aculeata - Bees, Ants, and Stinging Wasps
Superfamily : Vespoidea - Ants, Stinging Wasps, and Hornets
Family : Vespidae - Yellowjackets, Paper Wasps, and Hornets; Potter, Mason and Pollen Wasps
Subfamily : Polistinae - Paper Wasps
Genus : Polistes
Species : P. sagittarius
Binomial name : Polistes sagittarius (Saussure, 1854)


References:
http://pir.uniprot.org/taxonomy/743378 (Taxon)
http://www.vespa-bicolor.net/main/vespid/polistes-sagittarius.htm


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