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Masarinae

Pollen wasps of the Afrotropical region

(Life: Kingdom: Metazoa (animals); Phylum: Arthropoda; Class: Hexapoda; Order: Hymenoptera; Superfamily: Vespoidea; Family: Vespidae)

Classification

Celonites

Ceramius

Jugurtia

Masarina

Priscomasaris

Quartinia

Distribution

Worldwide in hot arid areas. Most diverse in southern Africa.

Biology

Provision their nests with pollen and nectar.

References

Carpenter, J.M. 2001. Checklist of species of the subfamily Masarinae (Hymenoptera, Vespidae). American Museum Novitates 3325: 1-37.

Gess, F.W. 2004. A revision of the Afrotropical species of the wasp genus Jugurtia de Saussure, 1854 (Hymenoptera: Vespidae, Masarinae). Howard Evans Memorial Volume. Journal of the Kansas Entomological Society 77: 669-720.

Gess, F.W. 2005. Three new species of Masarina Richards, 1962 from southern Africa with a key to all species of the genus (Hymenoptera: Vespidae, Masarinae). Journal of Hymenoptera Research 14(1): 7-14.

Gess, F.W. 2007. Four new species of the wasp genus Celonites Latreille, 1802 (Hymenoptera: Vespidae: Masarinae) from south-western Africa, designation of neotype for C. michaelseni von Schulthess, 1923, species representation in Namibia, and a key to species occurring in Namibia. Journal of Hymenoptera Research 16(1): 11 – 29.

Gess, F.W. 2007. The genus Quartinia Ed. André, 1884 (Hymenoptera: Vespidae: Masarinae) in southern Africa. Part I. Descriptions of new species with complete venation. Journal of Hymenoptera Research 16(2): 211 – 233.

Gess, F.W. 2008. The genus Quartinia Ed. André, 1884 (Hymenoptera: Vespidae: Masarinae) in southern Africa. Part II. A new species with complete venation and with deeply excised antennal club in the male.Journal of Hymenoptera Research 17(1):  83 – 85.

Gess FW 2011. The genus Quartinia Ed. André, 1884 (Hymenoptera, Vespidae, Masarinae) in Southern Africa. Part IV. New and little known species with complete venation. Journal of Hymenoptera Research 21: 1–39. doi: 10.3897/JHR.21.870

Gess FW 2011. The genus Quartinia Ed. André, 1884 (Hymenoptera, Vespidae, Masarinae) in Southern Africa. Part V. New and little known species with incomplete venation. Journal of Hymenoptera Research 22: 29–43. doi: 10.3897/JHR.22.871

Gess FW 2012. The genus Quartinia Ed. Andre, 1884 (Hymenoptera, Vespidae, Masarinae) in Southern Africa. Part VI. New and little known species both with complete and incomplete venation. Journal of Hymenoptera Research 24: 95–115. doi: 10.3897/JHR.24.2155

Gess, S.K. 1996. The Pollen Wasps: ecology and natural history of the Masarinae. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press. 340 pp.

Gess SK & Gess FW 2010. Pollen wasps and flowers in southern Africa. SANBI Biodiversity Series 18. South African National  Biodiversity Institute, Pretoria, 147 pp.

Gess, S.K. & Gess, F.W. 2014. Wasps and bees in southern Africa. SANBI Biodiversity Series 24. South African National Biodiversity Institute, Pretoria. 320 pp.

Richards, O. W., 1962. A revisional study of the masarid wasps (Hymenoptera, Vespoidea): vii, 1- 294. Brit. Mus. (Nat. Hist.), London.

van der Vecht J. & Carpenter, J.M. 1990. A catalogue of the genera of the Vespidae (Hymenoptera). Zool. Verh. Leiden 260: 1-62.

Full list of publications on Masarinae by Fred & Sarah Gess

Credits

Photographs © Sarah Gess; or Robert Gess; or David Gess.


Web author Simon van Noort (Iziko South African Museum)

 

Citation: van Noort, S. 2018. WaspWeb: Hymenoptera of the Afrotropical region. URL: www.waspweb.org (accessed on <day/month/year>).

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