Paper Wasp

paper_waspThe paper wasp is viewed negatively by many people due to its ability to sting.  However they can be a very beneficial insect.

Size

1/2″ – 1″

Benefit

Most wasps are beneficial in their natural habitat, and are critically important in natural biocontrol.[1,2] Paper wasps feed on nectar, and other insects, including caterpillars, flies, and beetle larvae, and they are often considered to be beneficial by gardeners.[1,3]

We would prefer that you leave them alone.  However, if there is a nest in a place where it could be hazardous to people working in the garden then please let someone know, and we will take care of it for you.

[1] -Wikipedia, “Paper Wasp”, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paper_wasp

[2] – W.F. Lyon and G.S. Wegner (1991) Paper Wasps and Hornets Ohio State University Extension Fact Sheet: Entomology

[3] – Drees, B.M. and John Jackman (1999) Field Guide to Texas Insects, Gulf Publishing Company, Houston, Texas. Excerpt available at: Texas Cooperative extension