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Social, potter & paper-nest wasp (Vespidae)Polistes (Polistes) chinensis

Asian paper wasp at Bega, NSW

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Polistes (Polistes) chinensis at Bega, NSW - 14 Feb 2019
Polistes (Polistes) chinensis at Bega, NSW - 14 Feb 2019

Identification history

Social, potter & paper-nest wasp (Vespidae) Polistes (Polistes) chinensis 1 Mar 2019 KimPullen
Unidentified 1 Mar 2019 MaxCampbell

Author's notes

Suggest: wasp Polistes sp.

4 comments

KerriLee wrote:
   1 Mar 2019
Looks worryingly like Polistes chinensis (Asian Paper Wasp), an introduced species. There are numerous sightings in CNM, but this is the first that I know of for ALCW
https://canberra.naturemapr.org/Community/Species/Details/21204
What do you think Max?
   1 Mar 2019
Goodness, I'd never heard of that one. Max's looks to have a lot more yellow on the thorax than the CNM ones I checked, but the abdomen markings certainly look the same. Bugger. Better wait for Kim to be on the safe side.
KimPullen wrote:
   1 Mar 2019
Yes, Polistes chinensis, unfortunately. Diagnostic material at http://www.padil.gov.au/pests-and-diseases/pest/main/136365 .
   2 Mar 2019
So can we do something about making this a significant sighting, as a first for the district? Though not one to be very chuffed about.

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Threskiornis molucca (Australian White Ibis) at Bega, NSW - 17 Aug 2019
Pelecanus conspicillatus (Australian Pelican) at Bega, NSW - 17 Aug 2019
Phalacrocorax varius (Pied Cormorant) at Bega, NSW - 17 Aug 2019
Aythya australis (Hardhead) at Bega, NSW - 13 Jun 2019
Calystegia sepium (Swamp Bindweed) at Bega, NSW - 21 Feb 2019
Repsimus manicatus montanus (Green nail beetle) at Bega, NSW - 14 Feb 2019
Calystegia sepium (Swamp Bindweed) at Bega, NSW - 6 Feb 2019
Orthetrum caledonicum (Blue Skimmer) at Bega, NSW - 6 Feb 2019
Grallina cyanoleuca (Magpie-lark) at Bega, NSW - 28 Aug 2018
Threskiornis molucca (Australian White Ibis) at Bega, NSW - 28 Aug 2018
Bubulcus ibis (Cattle Egret) at Bega, NSW - 28 Aug 2018
Harmonia conformis (Common Spotted Ladybird) at Bega, NSW - 13 Aug 2018
Euphorbia peplus (Petty Spurge) at Bega, NSW - 13 Aug 2018
Fumaria officinalis (Common Fumitory) at Bega, NSW - 13 Aug 2018
Lamium amplexicaule (Dead Nettle) at Bega, NSW - 13 Aug 2018
Cacatua sanguinea (Little Corella) at Bega, NSW - 16 Aug 2017
Grallina cyanoleuca (Magpie-lark) at Bega, NSW - 7 Mar 2017
Porphyrio porphyrio (Purple Swamphen) at Bega, NSW - 14 Jul 2015
Cygnus atratus (Black Swan) at Bega, NSW - 23 Sep 2014
Stictonetta naevosa (Freckled Duck) at Bega, NSW - 5 Jul 2014
Aythya australis (Hardhead) at Bega, NSW - 5 Nov 2013
Tachybaptus novaehollandiae (Australasian Grebe) at Bega, NSW - 30 Jun 2012
Fulica atra (Eurasian Coot) at Bega, NSW - 8 May 2012
Microcarbo melanoleucos (Little Pied Cormorant) at Bega, NSW - 27 Nov 2009

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Location

Location information

  • Coordinates 149.832978-36.673354
  • Places Bega, NSW

Species information

  • Not Sensitive
  • Exotic
  • Minor Weed or Pest

Sighting information

  • 1 Abundance
  • 14 Feb 2019 8:37 AM Recorded on
  • MaxCampbell Recorded by
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