Polistinae

Belongs within: Vespidae.Contains: Polistes, Ropalidia. The Polistinae, paper wasps, are a group of eusocial wasps that get their vernacular name from the usual material of their nests though they are not the only wasps to make paper nests. Reproductive queens of Polistinae are usually little distinct morphologically from the non-reproductive workers. With about 800 known… Continue reading Polistinae

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Ropalidia

Belongs within: Polistinae. Ropalidia is a diverse genus of social wasps found in warmer regions of the Old World, characterised by fusion of the tergite and sternite of the second gastral segment. Most species build nests as simple, stalked, uncovered combs, and there is no external distinction between workers and reproductives (Richards 1978). Characters (from… Continue reading Ropalidia

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Polistes

Belongs within: Polistinae. Polistes is a genus of social wasps whose nests usually comprise small paper combs suspended from a peduncle and without an enclosing envelope. In cooler regions, nests are usually begun by a single queen and only fertilised queens hibernate between seasons; in warmer climes, nests may be founded by a swarm of… Continue reading Polistes

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Odynerus

Belongs within: Eumeninae. Odynerus is a primarily Holarctic genus of mason wasps in which the tegula are evenly rounded posteriorly and do not reach the end of the parategula, and male antennae are apically spiralled. The type species, O. spinipes, is found in western Europe and constructs nests in vertical earthen banks that are provisioned… Continue reading Odynerus

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Vespinae

Belongs within: Vespidae. The Vespinae are a group of social wasps, including hornets and yellowjackets, in which most species have queens that are distinctly larger than their colony’s workers. They are distinguished from other vespids by the combination of simple tarsal claws, no parategula, a posterodorsal longitudinal carina on the hind coxa and no anal… Continue reading Vespinae

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Vespidae

Belongs within: Euaculeata.Contains: Polybia, Masarinae, Eumeninae, Zethinae, Polistinae, Vespinae, Eustenogaster, Liostenogaster. The Vespidae is a family of often large wasps including the social wasps and their close solitary or subsocial relatives. Many have the wings longitudinally folded when at rest. Eusocial wasps are placed in the subfamilies Vespinae, Polistinae and Stenogastrinae, with species of the… Continue reading Vespidae

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Masarinae

Belongs within: Vespidae. The Masarinae, pollen wasps, are a group of wasps found primarily on the southern continents that provision their nests with pollen and nectar. They can be distinguished from other vespids by the lack of a trochantellus on the mid femur. Within the masarines, members of the tribe Gayellini have a pointed tegula… Continue reading Masarinae

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Eumeninae

Belongs within: Vespidae.Contains: Delta, Paralastor, Acarodynerus, Antamenes, Stenodyneriellus, Pseudalastor, Australodynerus, Rhynchium, Discoelius, Eumenes, Pseudepipona, Symmorphus, Odynerus, Ancistrocerus, Stenodynerus, Euodynerus, Montezumia. The Eumeninae, potter and mason wasps, are a group of vespid wasps including both solitary and presocial species (Hines et al. 2007). Members of the group are distinguished from other vespids by the presence of… Continue reading Eumeninae

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Eumenes

Belongs within: Eumeninae. Eumenes is a genus of potter wasps with tergite 1 slender, distinctly petiolate, and coarsely punctate, and an apical lamella on tergite 2. <==Eumenes Latreille 1802C85 |–*E. coarctatus (Linnaeus 1758) [=Vespa coarctata]C85 |–E. acuminatusGS61 |–E. amadeiR13 |–E. anisitsii Brèthes 1906B06 |–E. apicacalis Macleay 1826C85 |–E. arechavaletae Brèthes 1903B05 |–E. arietis [=Vespa arietis]L02… Continue reading Eumenes

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Stenodyneriellus

Belongs within: Eumeninae. Stenodyneriellus is an Indo-Australian genus of potter wasps in which the dorsal surface of the propodeum is well developed behind the postscutellum, so that the latter is entirely or almost entirely separate from the posterior face of the mesosoma, and the superior transverse carina of the propodeum is usually well developed (or,… Continue reading Stenodyneriellus

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