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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References in classic literature ?
Bergson, quoting Fabre, has made play with the supposed extraordinary accuracy of the solitary wasp Ammophila, which lays its eggs in a caterpillar.
It is a predatory solitary wasp that provisions a subterranean nest with true bugs (i.e., Heteroptera) including the Pentatomidae (i.e., stink bugs) (Bohart & Menke 1976).
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.
As a solitary wasp, Mesoleptus hibernica will not sting humans and prefers to attack fellow flying creatures such as butterflies.
"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 each case individuals construct the nest by executing a series of discrete innate building acts.
His students have observed them in a solitary wasp. "We really know little about the evolution of kin recognition," he says.
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.
The life history and sex ratio data of the solitary wasp Trypoxylon agamemnon nesting in trap-nests in southern Brazil was recorded from January 2002 to December 2007.
lactitarse it is one of the most abundant species (Buschini and Woiski, 2008), although it is a poorly known species of solitary wasp. The only investigation on this species was carried out by Buschini and Wolff (2006) who reported on several aspects of its biology.