Meet the European Paper Wasp, Polistes dominulus. Or is it Polistes dominula? Most biologists I know refer to this common Holarctic insect as P. dominulus, but I’ve just learned via Bugguide.net that the common spelling is a grammatical misunderstanding of the original latin:
From Latin dominus- “lord, ruler, master” (related English words: dominion, domain, dominate) + the diminutive suffix -ul- which adds the meaning “little”, and a feminine ending.
So it’s P. dominula. Damn taxonomists.
photo details: Canon MP-E 65mm 1-5x macro lens on a Canon 20D
ISO 100, f/13, 1/250 sec, flash diffused through tracing paper