Paper wasps are 5/8 to 3/4 of an inch long. They are black with yellowish to white in the face and have no hairs. They have long legs that hang in flight and an abdomen that gradually slopes at the anterior end.
They appear longer and more slender than yellow jackets.
Paper wasps are social insects who’s colony dies off every fall, but fertilized queens will overwinter. Queens start new colonies every spring that will grow throughout the summer months.
Their nests can be found on building eaves, play equipment, benches, any hollow pipe, etc. or in plants and trees. Their nest is open, umbrella shaped with all wasps exposed.