Vespula alascensis

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Ordo: Hymenoptera
Familia: Vespidae
Genus: Vespula


Vespula alascensis (Packard)Wikispecies linkPensoft Profile

  • Vespa alascensis Packard 1870[1]:27, pl. II fig. 10. Holotype female; “Lower Yukon” (Repository unknown).
  • Vespa westwoodii Shipp 1893[2]:450. Holotype female; “N. Amer. Bor.” (OXFORD).


Widespread in North America


Vespula alascensis nests are usually built in subterranean cavities or in structures. The nests can be huge and may become perennial in warmer climates. This species feeds on live prey but will scavenge any source of protein or sugar. It has been introduced into Hawaii, but is not now established (Carpenter 2008[3], under vulgaris).
This North American species was usually known as Vespula vulgaris (Linnaeus), based on the similarity between the American and European populations. Carpenter and Glare (2010)[4] discovered that the European and American populations are not conspecific based on features of the male genitalia and mitochondrial DNA evidence.

Taxon Treatment

Other References

  1. Packard A (1870) Notice of Hymenoptera and nocturnal Lepidoptera collected in Alaska by W. H. Dall, Director of the Scientific Corps of the Western Union Telegraph Company. Transactions of the Chicago Academy of Sciences 2: 25-32.
  2. Shipp J (1893) An undescribed species of Vespa. Psyche 6: 450.
  3. Carpenter J (2008) Review of the Hawaiian Vespidae (Hymenoptera). Bishop Museum Occasional Papers 99: 1-18.
  4. Carpenter J, Glare T (2010) Misidentification of Vespula alascensis as V. vulgaris in North America. American Museum Novitates 3690: 1-7. doi: 10.1206/706.1