Multiple Use of an Old Nest by the European Paper Wasp Polistes dominula (Hymenoptera, Vespidae) in Central Poland

Piotr Łączyński


Refurbishing the old nest in order to prepare it for a new breeding season cycle has already been observed in few species of paper wasps. When future foundresses emerge from hibernacula they have choose between building a new nest or reusing an old one. In present paper I described a case of multiple use and further expansion an old nest by Polistes dominula (Christ, 1791) in Grodzisk Mazowiecki, Mazovia Region, Central Poland.


nesting biology, nest reutilization, paper wasps

Full Text:



Abu Bakar, N.A., Baracchi, D., Turillazzi, S. (2015). Reuse of old nests by the by the European paper wasp Polistes dominula (Hymenoptera Vespidae). Redia, XCVIII, 2015: 21-24.

Cumber, R.A. (1951) Some observations on the biology of the Australian wasp Polistes humilis Fabr. (Hymenoptera: Vespidae) in North Auckland (New Zealand), with special reference to the nature of the worker caste. In: Proceedings of the Royal Entomological Society of London. Series A, General Entomology. Blackwell Publishing Ltd. Vol. 26, No. 13, pp. 11-16.

Giovannetti, M., Cervo, R., Turillazzi, S. (1996). Comb reutilization in the paper wasp Polistes dominulus (Christ) (Hymenoptera, Vespidae). Ins. Soc. Life, 1:101-105.

Ito, F. (2012). Reuse of an Old Nest by the Polistine Wasp Polistes chinensis antennalis (Hymenoptera, Vespidae) in Western Japan. Sociobiology 59(3) : 691-693.DOI:

Ito, Y. (1986). On the pleometrotic route of social evolution in the Vespidae. Ital. J. Zool., 20: 241-262.

Oleksa, A., Wiśniowski, B. (2006). The paper wasp Polistes dominulus (CHRIST, 1791) is it really a critically endangered species in Poland (Hymenoptera: Vespidae: Polistinae)? Entomological News, 24 (3), pp. 179-188.

Puławski, W. (1967). Klucze do oznaczania owadów Polski cz. XXIV Błonkówki - Hymenoptera, zeszyt 64-65 Osowate – Vespidae, Masaridae. Warszawa, PWN, Polskie Towarzystwo Entomologiczne, pp. 84.

Reeve, H.K. (1991). Polistes. In: The Social Biology of Wasps (Ross, K. G. & Matthews, R. V., eds.). Comstock, Ithaca, NY, pp. 99-148.

Raup. (1929). The habitat and dissemination of four species of Polistes wasps. Ecology, 10: 191-200.

Schmid-Egger C, van Achterberg K, Neumeyer R, Morinière J, Schmidt S (2017) Revision of the West Palaearctic Polistes Latreille, with the descriptions of two species – an integrative approach using morphology and DNA barcodes (Hymenoptera, Vespidae). ZooKeys 713: 53–112.

Starr, C.K. (1978). Nest reutilization in North American Polistes (Hymenoptera: Vespidae): Two possible selective factors. J. Kan. Entomol. Soc., 51: 394-397.

Strassmann, J.E. (1983). Nest fidelity and group size among foundresses of Polistes annularis (Hymenoptera: Vespidae). - J. Kansas Entomol. Soc., 54: 621-634.



  • There are currently no refbacks.



JCR Impact Factor (2019): 0.690

JCR 5-year Impact Factor (2019): 0.846

Google Scholar h5-index (Insects and Arthropods journals): 12 

Scimago h-index (whole journal circulation period): 37         

Scopus CiteScore (2016-2019): 0.90

Mean time for editorial decision (2020): 78 days

Mean time for article publication (2020): 171 days


Sociobiology is indexed in the following databases: