These wasps measure approximately one inch in length. Their narrow bodies are most commonly dark brown in color, with black wings and yellow markings. Australian paper wasps are made distinguishable by their black and reddish-brown coloration.
These insects are called paper wasps due to the construction of their nests. Paper wasp nests are made from small wood or plant fibers combined with saliva and appear to be made from paper. Their nests include numerous compartments within which wasps lay their eggs and rear their young. These nests are frequently found in sheltered areas, such as tree branches and the eaves of houses.
Stings from paper wasps are extremely painful and may produce allergic reactions.
Removing a paper wasp nest may be dangerous. It is advised that a pest control professional be contacted to assist in treatment of paper wasp infestations.