W*H*Y Wednesday: The Red Wasp, Part 1
Red Wasps are named for their overall rusty red coloration. They are rather large, at around 1 inch in length.
P. carolina Red Wasps are found primarily in the Southeastern part of the United States, as highlighted on this map illustration:
Habits: Red Wasp adult workers feed on sugary nectar and collect live prey to feed nest larvae. Caterpillars appear to be a preferred food source. Red Wasps have also been known to attack cicadas.
Red Wasp Nests: Red Wasp species are known to have some of the largest nests among Paper Wasps. Queens begin forming nests from wood and live plant fibers in the spring. Like other Paper Wasp species, Red Wasps create nests resembling an upside-down umbrella and exposed octagonal cells.
The P. carolina Red Wasp usually chooses exposed habitats for nesting, especially under roof eaves and in old tires.
Nature toward humans: Like many Paper Wasp species, Red Wasps are typically docile, but will become aggressive when provoked or when the nest is disturbed. Anecdotal evidence suggests that Red Wasp stings feel more painful than stings from other Paper Wasp species.
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