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Bees and vespine wasps

, : Bees and vespine wasps. Bee World 75(1): 29-37

This review describes predation on honey bee colonies by members of the subfamily Vespinae. It includes a summary of the results of a survey on the impact of wasps on beekeeping in USA and Canada. The defensive techniques used by honey bee colonies against attacks by wasps are described briefly.

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