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Ropalidia Guérin

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

Ropalidia Guérin, 1831. Type species: Ropalidia maculiventris Guérin, 1831.

  Ropalidia aethiopica (Buysson, 1906)
Ropalidia amabala Polašek, Bellingan & van Noort, 2022.
  Ropalidia anarchica (Saussure, 1853)
  Ropalidia antennata (Saussure, 1890)
  Ropalidia atra (Saussure, 1890)
  Ropalidia bicincta (Saussure, 1890)
  Ropalidia brazzai (Buysson, 1906)
Ropalidia capensis (Saussure, 1862)
  Ropalidia carinata (Saussure, 1890)
  Ropalidia cariniscutis (Cameron, 1910)
  Ropalidia cincta (Lepeletier, 1836)
  Ropalidia constitutionalis (Saussure, 1853)
  Ropalidia democratica (Saussure, 1853)
Ropalidia distigma (Gerstaecker, 1857)
  Ropalidia dubia (Saussure, 1853
  Ropalidia ducalis (Saussure, 1900)
  Ropalidia fraterna (Saussure, 1900)
  Ropalidia galimatia (Saussure, 1853)
  Ropalidia grandidieri (Saussure, 1890)
Ropalidia guttatipennis (Saussure, 1853)
  Ropalidia interjecta (Saussure, 1900)
  Ropalidia nitidula (Saussure, 1890)
Ropalidia nobilis (Gerstaecker, 1857)
  Ropalidia phalansterica (Saussure, 1853)
  Ropalidia prasina (Saussure, 1900)
  Ropalidia pulchella (Saussure, 1900)
  Ropalidia ranavali (Saussure, 1890)
  Ropalidia regina (Saussure, 1900)
  Ropalidia sakalava (Saussure, 1900)
  Ropalidia schulthessi (Saussure, 1890)
  Ropalidia scottiana (Saussure, 1890)
  Ropalidia subclavata (Saussure, 1890)
  Ropalidia tomentosa (Gerstaecker, 1857)
  Ropalidia variabilis (Saussure, 1890)
  Ropalidia velutina (Saussure, 1890)
  Ropalidia venustula (Saussure, 1900)
  Ropalidia vetripennis (Saussure, 1890)
Ropalidia species
Ropalidia species
Ropalidia species stylopized


Afrotropical and Indo-Australasian regions.



  Social, constructing communal, vertically orientated paper nests with horizontally orientated cells. (Polistes construct horizontally orientated combs with vertically orientated cells). Larvae are fed on chewed-up, soft-bodied insects such as caterpillars. See Polistinae Paper wasp home page for more details.


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 Bulletin American Museum of Natural History 39: 1-384.

Brooks RW & Wahl DB. 1987. Biology and mature larva of Hemipimpla pulchripennis (Saussure), a parasite of Rhopalidia (Hymenoptera: Ichneumonidae, Vespidae). Journal of the New York Entomological Society. 95: 547–552.

Picker, M., Griffiths, C & Weaving, A. 2002. Field Guide to Insects of South Africa. Struik Publishers, Cape Town.

Polašek O, Bellingan T, van Noort S. 2022. A new species of paper wasp from the genus Ropalidia Guérin-Méneville from South Africa (Hymenoptera: Vespidae). Journal of Hymenoptera Research 90: 213–222. https://doi.org/10.3897/jhr.90.81581


Photographs © Vida van der Walt (Pretoria) or © Mike Picker & Charles Griffiths (University of Cape Town) or © Alan Weaving (published in Struik's Field Guide to Insects of South Africa) or © Duncan MacFayden or © Simon van Noort (Iziko Museums of South Africa) or © Desiré Pelser (Kloof, Durban) or © Alan Manson or © Karen Eichholz, or © Terence Bellingan.

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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