Diversity of wasps (Hymenoptera: Vespidae) in conventional and organic guarana (Paullinia cupana var. sorbilis) crops in the Brazilian Amazon


  • Alexandre Somavilla Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas da Amazônia - INPA Programa de Pós-Graduação em Entomologia Av. André Araújo, 2936 - Aleixo CEP 69011-970, Caixa-Postal 2223 Manaus - AM - Brasil
  • Karine Schoeninger INPA
  • Dark Gabriela Dolzane Castro INPA
  • Marcio Luiz Oliveira INPA
  • Cristiane Krug EMBRAPA




agroecosystem, crop edge, Polybia, social wasps.


Diversity of wasps (Hymenoptera: Vespidae) in conventional and organic guarana (Paullinia cupana var. sorbilis) crops in the Brazilian Amazon. The present study aimed to determine the diversity of wasp species associated with the guaraná crop and the difference in composition of species associated to organic and conventional crops, as well as among environments established in each management (adjacent forest, crop edge and guaraná crop). We collected 977 individuals and 59 species, in 23 genera of Vespidae, sixteen of Polistinae (52 species) and seven Eumeninae (seven species). Polybia was the most abundant and rich genus with 553 specimens and 15 species, followed by Agelaia (139, nine) and Protopolybia (103, five). In organic management crop, 686 individuals allocated in 18 genera and 47 species were collected, whereas in conventional management crop 291 individuals allocated in 18 genera and 41 species were collected. According to the three sampling points, in both management types, the edge of the crop field shows the highest abundance of wasps with a total of 519 individuals allocated in 19 genera and 45 species. Given the intense use of both environments (forest and crop) by the wasps, it is important to grow crops in regions near native forests, where the chances of social wasp colonies to be founded are increased. 


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How to Cite

Somavilla, A., Schoeninger, K., Castro, D. G. D., Oliveira, M. L., & Krug, C. (2016). Diversity of wasps (Hymenoptera: Vespidae) in conventional and organic guarana (Paullinia cupana var. sorbilis) crops in the Brazilian Amazon. Sociobiology, 63(4), 1051–1057. https://doi.org/10.13102/sociobiology.v63i4.1178



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