Dolichovespula arenaria

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Ordo: Hymenoptera
Familia: Vespidae
Genus: Dolichovespula


Dolichovespula arenaria (Fabricius)Wikispecies linkPensoft Profile

  • Vespa arenaria Fabricius 1775[1]:365. Holotype female; “America arenosis” (LONDON).
  • Vespa borealis Kirby 1837[2]:264. Holotype female; Canada (repository unknown).
  • Vespa diabolica de Saussure 1854:138. Syntype females; “L’Amerique du Nord, Philadelphia” (TURIN).
  • Vespa fernaldi Lewis 1897[3]:173. Holotype female; “Colorado” (PHILADELPHIA).


This species is abundant throughout boreal North America.


Dolichovespula arenaria feeds on live prey but will occasionally visit carrion. It builds aerial nests, like Dolichovespula maculata, but its nests are usually built in more sheltered sites, such as within bushes, trees, on houses and outbuildings, and rarely even under rocks.

Taxon Treatment

Other References

  1. Fabricius J (1775) Systema Entomologiae. Libraria Kortii, Flensbergi et Lipsiae.
  2. Kirby W (1837) Fauna Boreali-Americana. Part IV. The Insects. Norwich.
  3. Lewis H (1897) Vespinae of the United States and Canada. Transactions of the American Entomological Society 24: 169-192.