The paper wasp has a slender body with a narrow waist. It is about 10 – 15mm in length and has a small head. It has two pairs of long, thin, brown wings. The first pair is slightly larger. The abdomen of the paper wasp is black with yellow and orange bands. Yellow markings may also be seen on the face of the paper wasp. Their nests can usually be found under eaves of houses and amongst trees and shrubs.