Vespa simillima

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Ordo: Hymenoptera
Familia: Vespidae
Genus: Vespa


Vespa simillima (Smith)Wikispecies linkPensoft Profile

  • Vespa simillima Smith 1868[1]:280. Holotype female; Japan: Hakodadi (LONDON).
  • Vespa mongolica André 1884[2]:lix. Syntype male, female; “Wladivostock, sur l’Amour, dans la Sibérie orientale” (western Russia) (PARIS).
  • Vespa xanthoptera Cameron 1903[3]:278. Holotype male: Japan: Michzusawa (LONDON).
  • Vespa micado Cameron 1903[3]:279. Holoytpe female; Japan: Nagasaki (LONDON).
  • Vespa mongolica var. sexpunctata Pérez 1905[4]:79. Holotype female; Japan: Yokohama (PARIS).
  • Vespa mongolica var. flavata Pérez 1910[5]:17. Holotype female; “Chine” (PARIS).


This East Asian species was introduced into British Columbia, Canada but has apparently not become established. We have included it in this review because of the potential for a reintroduction.


Nests are built in a wide variety of situations including in bushes, underground cavities, hollow trees, under eaves, in attics, on rock walls, and in wall voids. As with the other Vespa species affinis is predatory on other insects, including honey bees.

Taxon Treatment

Other References

  1. Smith F (1868) Description of an undescribed species of wasp and its nest, received from Hakodadi, in Japan. Entomologist’s Monthly Magazine 4: 279-280.
  2. André E (1884) Species des Hyménoptères d’Europe et d’Algierie. Les Guêpes 2: 549-831.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Cameron P (1903) Descriptions of four species of Vespa from Japan. Entomologist 36: 278-281.
  4. Pérez J (1905) Hyménoptères recueillis dans le Japon central, par M. Harmand, Ministre Plénipotentiaire de France à Tokio. Bulletin du Muséum d’histoire naturelle 11: 23–39, 79–87.
  5. Pérez J (1910) Notes sur les vespides. Actes de la Société linnéenne de Bordeaux 64: 1-20.