Insect and Bug ID forum: Please help me ID this Wasp

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Name: Robin
Southern Michigan (Zone 6a)
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RobinSeeds
Jul 1, 2016 9:31 PM CST
He/she stings, can they sting repeatedly and is he/she a solitary or social insect?
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Name: Cheryl
Brownstown, Pennsylvania (Zone 6a)
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nativeplantlover
Jul 3, 2016 8:14 AM CST
Hi Robin,
It's just a paper wasp. They're not as aggressive as other wasp like hornets or yellow jackets. It's best to just leave them alone.
They are social and can sting repeatedly, however they ARE beneficial because they parasitize bad bugs in garden area. They make small grey nests from old wood they've scavenged.
Cheryl
"My work is loving the world. Here the sunflowers, there the hummingbird — equal seekers of sweetness. Here the clam deep in the speckled sand. Are my boots old? Is my coat torn? Am I no longer young, and still not half-perfect? Let me Keep my mind on what matters, which is my work which is mostly standing still and learning to be astonished." — Mary Oliver, from Messenger
Name: Robin
Southern Michigan (Zone 6a)
I'm the gnome in my garden...
Region: Michigan Seller of Garden Stuff Seed Starter Cat Lover
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RobinSeeds
Jul 3, 2016 10:42 AM CST
Thanks so much Cheryl! I like to get them an ID so I know what I'm dealing with and can recognize them next time. I tip my hat to you.

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