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  Polybioides tabidus (Fabricius)

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

Vespa tabida Fabricius, 1913. Holotype Type Locality: Africa.

Distribution

Cameroon, Congo Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Liberia, Nigeria, Uganda.

Biology

The nest consists of a small number of double-sided combs, arranged vertically, attached at the top end to a branch, and enclosed in a thin, brittle paper covering. The nests are smaller than in P. melaina only reaching a size of 18 cm in length (Bequaert, 1918).

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 American Museum of Natural History 39: 1-384.

Credits

Photographs 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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