Asian Paper Wasp

Polistes chinensis

Asian Paper Wasp

Asian Paper Wasp

Legal Status: No Status
Status in New Zealand: Established
Organism: Insects, worms and other land invertebrates

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This species is in New Zealand.

Do not report sightings to hotline

General information

The Asian Paper Wasp was found in New Zealand in 1979. Attempts to eradicate the wasp failed as it was too well established. It has since been found throughout the North Island and at the top of the South Island.

The wasps are about 13mm in size (smaller than German and common wasps) and are typically yellow and black. Males are smaller and more yellow than females.

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Page last updated: 18 June 2008