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Paper Wasp

Actual Size: 0.75 to 1.25”

Characteristics: Black abdomen, mahogany body with a distinct yellow ring, black wings

Legs: 6

Antennae: Yes

Habitat: They typically build their nests in sheltered locations such as eaves, door frames, porch ceilings, and branches of trees and shrubs. Paper wasps are known for constructing distinctive open-celled nests made from a papery material, which they create by chewing wood fibers mixed with saliva.


  • Territorial and will defend their nests aggressively if they perceive a threat.
  •  Primarily carnivorous and feeds on a variety of insects, including caterpillars, flies, and spiders.
  • Female wasps will help each other build nests but only one queen will lay eggs.

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Paper Wasps in Kailua Kona

In the United States, there are more than 22 species of paper wasps, the majority sporting a brownish hue with distinctive yellow markings. Frequently mistaken for yellow jackets, these wasps are also known as umbrella wasps due to their nest structure, which is easily recognizable. Resembling inverted paper cones, paper wasp nests usually dangle from sheltered, horizontal surfaces. Like their counterparts, paper wasps sustain themselves by preying on insects, spiders, and similar creatures.

Paper Wasp Habitat

Paper wasp nests resemble inverted umbrellas and possess a papier-mâché texture. In contrast to yellow jackets, these nests are partially open rather than fully enclosed. They are typically located on tree branches or beneath eaves, attic rafters, and porch ceilings. Given their tendency to construct nests directly on buildings, paper wasps may enter indoors through gaps in attic vent screens or beneath shingles.

Paper Wasp Behaviors, Threats, or Dangers

Like mud daubers, paper wasps play a vital role in ecosystem balance by managing insect populations and aiding in pollination through nectar consumption. However, they are known for their aggressive nature and may sting repeatedly if provoked. Therefore, it is crucial to avoid disturbing their nests. Stings can be extremely painful, which is why you should leave it up to a professional wasp control company to control paper wasp infestations in or near your home.