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Paper Wasp

Macro with Panasonic FZ200

 

The Asian paper wasp was first reported 1979 in NZ. They feed on caterpillars and are a threat to our favourite monarch butterflies. DOC says nests should be destroyed, but do it carefully as stings from Polistes chinensis (antennalis) are said to be the most common stings in Auckland.

There is really no hope for getting rid of this wasp by destroying nests as the species is well entrenched and was considered impossible to eradicate soon after it was detected here.

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Taken on February 25, 2012