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Jugurtia de Saussure

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

Jugurtia de Saussure 1802. Type species: Celonites oraniensis Lepeletier 1841, by subsequent designation (Ashmead, 1902).


  Jugurtia alfkeni (du Buysson, 1904)
  Jugurtia braunsi (von Schulthess, 1922)
  Jugurtia braunsiella (von Schulthess, 1930)
  Jugurtia calcarata Richards, 1962
Jugurtia codoni Gess, 1997
  Jugurtia confusa Richards, 1962
  Jugurtia damara Gess, 2004
  Jugurtia discrepans (Brauns, 1913)
  Jugurtia duplicata Richards, 1962
  Jugurtia eburnea (Turner, 1935)
  Jugurtia einensis Gess, 2004
  Jugurtia elegans Gess, 2004
  Jugurtia gariepensis Gess, 2004
  Jugurtia hessei Gess, 2004
  Jugurtia koeroegabensis Gess, 1997
  Jugurtia mandibulata Gess, 2004
  Jugurtia namibicola Gess, 2004
  Jugurtia nigrifrons Gess, 2004
  Jugurtia saussurei (Brauns, 1905)
  Jugurtia simpsoni Meade-Waldo, 1911
  Jugurtia spinolae (de Saussure, 1855)
  Jugurtia tibialis Gess, 2004
  Jugurtia tigrina Gess, 1997
  Jugurtia turneri (von Schulthess, 1929)
  Jugurtia zebra Gess, 2004


Afrotropical region: Angola, Botswana, Namibia, Nigeria, South Africa. Also in Palaearctic region.


Multi-cellular nests constructed in excavated burrows surmounted by a mud entrance tunnel. Cells are provisioned with a single loaf of pollen and nectar (Gess & Gess, 1989; 2004).


Gess, F.W. 1997. Contribution to the knowledge of Ceramius Latreille, Celonites Latreille, Jugurtia Saussure and Masarina Richards (Hymenoptera: Masaridae) in South Africa. J. HYM. RES., Vol 6: 36-74.

Carpenter J.M. 2001. Checklist of Species of the Subfamily Masarinae (Hymenoptera: Vespidae). American Museum Novitates, No 3325: 1-40.

Gess, F.W. 2004. A Revision of the Afrotropical Species of the Wasp Genus Jugurtia de Saussure, 1854 (Hymenoptera: Vespidae: Masaridae). Journal of the Kansas Entomol. Society, Vol 77: 669-720.

Gess, S.K. & Gess, F.W.  1989. Flower visiting by masarid wasps in southern Africa (Hymenoptera: Vespoidea: Masaridae). Ann. Cape Prov. Mus. (nat. Hist.) 18(5): 95‑134.

Gess, S.K. & Gess, F.W. 2004. Distributions of flower associations of pollen wasps (Vespidae: Masarinae) in southern Africa. Journal of Arid Environments 57(1): 17-44.

Gess, S.K. & Gess, F.W. 2004. The Distributions of the genera of the pollen wasps (Hymenoptera: Vespidae: Masarinae) in the semi-arid to arid areas of southern Africa in relation to their requirements for successful nesting. Transactions of the Royal Society of South Africa 59(2): 23-27.


Photographs Robert Gess.


Next genus: Masarina

Web author Simon van Noort (Iziko South African Museum)


Citation: van Noort, S. 2023. WaspWeb: Hymenoptera of the Afrotropical region. URL: www.waspweb.org (accessed on <day/month/year>).

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