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Nest defense by the social wasps, Polistes exclamans and P. instabilis (Hymenoptera: Vespidae) against the parasitoid, Elasmus polistis (Hymenoptera: Chalcidoidea: Eulophidae)



Nest defense by the social wasps, Polistes exclamans and P. instabilis (Hymenoptera: Vespidae) against the parasitoid, Elasmus polistis (Hymenoptera: Chalcidoidea: Eulophidae)



Entomological News, 952: 47-50



Field observations of Polistes exclamans Vier. in Houston, Texas, in the summer of 1982 and of P. instabilis Sauss. in Oaxaca, Mexico, in August 1983, showed that the 2 social wasps actively defended their brood against Elasmus polistis Burks, a small elasmid parasite whose larvae are external parasites on the prepupae and pupae in capped cells. The wasps removed parasite larvae from their nests and snapped at parasite adults with their mandibles.

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