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Polistes madiburensis von Schulthess

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

Polistes madiburensis von Schulthess, 1921. Holotype in  Type Locality: .

Preying on a first instar caterpillar of Sevenia boisduvali in Kwazulu-Natal. Photograph Steve Woodhall.

Distribution

South Africa, Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe.

Comments

This species is similar to P. africanus but only has posterior pale bands on tergites 1 and 3, whereas P. africanus has bands only on tergites 1 and 2.

Biology

Social, constructing communal paper nests comprising a single horizontally orientated comb with downward pointing cells. Larvae are fed on chewed-up, soft-bodied insects such as caterpillars.

Reference

Bequaert, J.C. 1918. A revision of the Vespidae of the Belgian Congo based on the collection of the American Museum Congo Expedition: with a list of Ethiopian diplopterous wasps. Bulletin of the AMNH 39: 1-384.

Credits

Photograph Steve Woodhall.

Map illustration Simon van Noort (Iziko Museums of South Africa).


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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