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a pollen wasp Masarina peliostomi visiting a Peliostomum flower, photo Robert Gess

Masarina Richards

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

Masarina Richards 1962. Type species: Masarina familiaris Richards, 1962, by original designation.



Masarina aptosimi Gess, 2005

  Masarina ceres Gess, 1997
  Masarina familiaris Richards, 1962
Masarina gabymariae Gess, 2012

Masarina hermanniae Gess, 2005

  Masarina hyalinipennis Richards, 1962
  Masarina mixta Richards, 1962
  Masarina mixtoides Gess, 1997
  Masarina namaqua Gess, 1997
  Masarina parvula Gess, 1997
Masarina peliostomi Gess, 1997

Masarina roberti Gess, 2005

  Masarina strucki Gess, 1988
Masarina tylecodoni Gess, 1997


Endemic to the semi-arid to arid western half of South Africa and the south west of Namibia (Gess & Gess 2010, Fig. 65).


Provision their nests with pollen and nectar.


Gess FW 1997. Contribution to the knowledge of Ceramius Latreille, Celonites Latreille, Jugurtia Saussure and Masarina Richards (Hymenoptera: Masaridae) in South Africa. Journal of Hymenoptera Research 6: 36-74.

Gess FW 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: 714.

Gess FW 2012. A new species of Masarina Richards 1962 from southern Africa, description of the female of M. ceres Gess 1997 and supplementary data on three other species of the genus (Hymenoptera, Vespidae, Masarinae). Journal of Hymenoptera Research 25: 8392. doi: 10.3897/JHR.25.2442

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.

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


Photographs Robert Gess and Sarah Gess (Albany Museum).


Next genus: Masaris

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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