paper wasp


Definition of paper wasp

: a vespid wasp (especially genus Polistes) that builds a nest of papery material

Examples of paper wasp in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The team of researchers tested the nests of six different species of the paper wasp found in Vietnam, France and French Guiana under UV light 360 and 400 nanometers in wavelength. Corryn Wetzel, Smithsonian Magazine, 27 Aug. 2021 The hornet was found attacking a paper wasp nest in a rural town east of Blaine, Washington—only two miles away from where the first live nest in the United States was eradicated in fall 2020. Elizabeth Gamillo, Smithsonian Magazine, 17 Aug. 2021 The Asian giant hornet, first spotted in the U.S. in 2019, preys on insects, including honeybees — a small group can destroy a honeybee hive in hours, officials say — but this hornet was attacking paper wasp nests. NBC News, 13 Aug. 2021 Six of those came from the past few weeks: three at the paper wasp nest, one photographed by a doorstep camera, one caught in a streetlamp, and one found on a front porch and discarded. Theresa Machemer, Smithsonian Magazine, 5 Oct. 2020 One homeowner was able to get a photo of a hornet attacking a paper wasp nest in the eaves of his roof. David Williams, CNN, 3 Oct. 2020 Even worse, a single paper wasp will sting multiple times. René A. Guzman,, 1 Sep. 2020 Wasps, not bees Though their yellow-and-black coloring might closely resemble bees, yellow jackets are in the wasp family, more closely related to a red paper wasp or a stinging hornet than a honey bee. Dennis Pillion |,, 17 July 2019

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First Known Use of paper wasp

1853, in the meaning defined above

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“Paper wasp.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Jan. 2022.

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