Polistes crinitus americanus

Paper Wasp

Polistes crinitus americanus, Paper Wasp, Jamaica photo


Family: Vespidae

Subfamily: Polistinae

Tribe: Polistini

Geus: Polistes

Subgenus: Aphanilopterus

Wing length: 11.5 - 15.0 mm


Polistes crinitus is found on Hispaniola and Jamaica, and on many smaller islands of the Caribbean. The one mainland record, from French Guiana, seems to be an error of labeling. There are three described subspecies.

Individuals are sometimes attacked by a wasp-specializing fungus (Cordyceps sphecophila), and parasitized by the Pyralid moth Chalcoela pegasalis (Richards, 1978).

Photo location: Long Bay, Jamaica (upper two photos); Virgin Islands National Park, St. John, US Virgin Islands (lowest photo)

Upper two photos determined by Dr. James M. Carpenter, American Museum of Natural History.

Paper Wasps, Polistes crinitus americanus

Paper Wasps, image from U.S. Virgin Islands, Polistes crinitus americanus

American Insects site