Solitary Wasp


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Solitary Wasp

 

any one wasp of the subfamilies Eumenii-nae, Euparagiinae, and Zethinae of the family Vespidae. There are more than 2,000 species of solitary wasps. The female builds a nest with one or more cells; an egg is laid in each cell. The larvae are fed dead caterpillars, beetle larvae, and sawfly larvae. Most commonly the food is placed alongside the larvae (Eumenes, potter wasps). The female of some species directly feeds the larvae pieces of insects. Solitary wasps are beneficial, because they reduce the number of harmful insects.

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Bergson, quoting Fabre, has made play with the supposed extraordinary accuracy of the solitary wasp Ammophila, which lays its eggs in a caterpillar.
Few, small, and male: Multiple effects of reduced nest space on the offspring of the solitary wasp, Euodynerus (Pareuodynerus) posticus (Hymenoptera: Vespidae).
It is a predatory solitary wasp that provisions a subterranean nest with true bugs (i.
Abstract--A total of 45 species belonging to 26 genera of the solitary wasp subfamily Eumeninae are listed, including 13 species and six genera that are newly recorded for Vietnam.
Mate conflict and male behaviour in a solitary wasp, Trypoxylon (Trypargilum) politum (Hymenoptera: Sphecidae).
As a solitary wasp, Mesoleptus hibernica will not sting humans and prefers to attack fellow flying creatures such as butterflies.
In context-dependent social interactions, it has been recognized that an individual female of a solitary bee species is able to recognize conspecifics and modify her behavior in accordance (Wcislo 1997); similar capacities are known from solitary wasp studies (Pfennig & Reeve 1989), and from individuals of social bee species (Michener and Smith 1987).
When a solitary wasp was heard buzzing in the kitchen," says my source, "grown men were screaming, 'We're under attack
The process of nest construction by a social wasp colony does not differ fundamentally from nest construction by a solitary wasp.
In the present paper, we report the parasitic relationship between the eulophid parasitoid Melittobia australica Girault, 1912 and its host, the solitary wasp Sceliphron asiaticum (Linnaeus, 1758) (Sphecidae) in Brazil.