Dolichovespula arctica

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Ordo: Hymenoptera
Familia: Vespidae
Genus: Dolichovespula


Dolichovespula arctica (Rohwer)Wikispecies linkPensoft Profile


It occurs as far south as California, Arizona and Georgia in North America. Pale markings can be yellow or whitish in Dolichovespula arctica.


This species is an obligatory social parasite of Dolichovespula arenaria (Wheeler and Taylor 1921[3]) and Dolichovespula alpicola (Wagner 1978[4]). The name is a replacement for a misidentification of Vespa borealis Kirby by Lewis (1897)[1],and probably needs to be split from Dolichovespula adulterina (du Buysson), a Palearctic species that has different host species (Dolichovespula saxonica and Dolichovespula norwegica; see Dvořák 2007[5]).

Taxon Treatment

Other References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Lewis H (1897) Vespinae of the United States and Canada. Transactions of the American Entomological Society 24: 169-192.
  2. Rohwer S (1916) Vespidae. In: Guide to the Insects of C Part I. The Hymenoptera, or Wasp-like Insects of Connecticut. State of Connecticut Geological and Natural History Survey Bulletin 22: 640-644.
  3. Wheeler W, Taylor L (1921) Vespa arctica Rohwer, a parasite of Vespa diabolica de Saussure. Psyche 28: 135-144.
  4. Wagner R (1978) The genus Dolichovespula and an addition to its known species of North America (Hymenoptera: Vespidae). Pan-Pacific Entomologist 54: 131-142.
  5. Dvořák L (2007) Parasitism of Dolichovespula norwegica by D. adulterina (Hymenoptera: Vespidae). Silva Gabreta 13 (1): 65-67.