Social Wasps in Exotic Forest Planting and Atlantic Rainforest in the Neotropical Region

Reinildes Silva-Filho, Bruno Pandelo Brügger, José Cola Zanúncio, Paulo César R. Cassino


Social wasps play an important role in communities, whether in natural or agricultural ecosystems, performing pollination and/or predation on other organisms, especially caterpillars, which reveals their potential for biological control. We register species of predatory wasps found in a eucalypt reforested area compared with a native rainforest. Five species of social wasps were found: Agelaia myrmecophila (Ducke), Mischocyttarus punctatus (Ducke), Polistes carnifex (Fabricius), Polybia liliacea (Fabricius), and Polybia striata (Fabricius), with higher numbers in the eucalypt monoculture than in the Atlantic rainforest, suggesting no negative impact of the monoculture on the population of that natural enemies.


Keywords: Polistini; Mischocyttarini; Epiponini; occurrence; predator

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