Length: 1/2 – 1″
Can be found in a variety of colors from reddish brown to dark red to orange with varying bright stripes of yellow and red. Paper wasps are predators and feed on insects, spiders and caterpillars. Several females build nests of paper-like cells (wood pulp and saliva) that are usually attached to the underside of a support (i.e. an eave, window, etc.) and hang down. Mated young queens overwinter under leaf litter and in stone walls. They are very protective of their nests and will defend against invaders with a painful sting.