Paper Wasp (species: Polistes (Polistes) tepidus) in taxonomy (Lizard Island Field Guide)
Polistes (Polistes) tepidus
Paper Wasp

©Rituraj Sharma: Polistes (Polistes) tepidus at Lizard Island Research Station.

©Rituraj Sharma: Polistes (Polistes) tepidus at Lizard Island Research Station.

©Anne Hoggett: Paper Wasp at water source, Lizard Island.
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Arthropoda
Class Insecta
Order Hymenoptera
Family Vespidae
Genus Polistes
Species Polistes (Polistes) tepidus



Distinguishing features

A large wasp, black with yellow/orange antennae, yellow distal parts of legs, and bands across the abdomen that grade from yellow to orange posteriorly. Builds papery nests that hang from a single point.


  • Size data has not been obtained.


  • Wingspan data is not yet available.



Thanks to Graham Brown for identifying the species, and to Dr Ben Hoffmann (CSIRO) for his assistance.

by Anne Hoggett


Local abundance

  • Lizard Island: Common. Nests are frequently seen on trees and buildings.

Web resources


  • significant discomfort - These wasps have a powerful sting and will aggressively defend the nest. Treat with ice.