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


  • Reinildes Silva-Filho Universidade Federal de Viçosa
  • Bruno Pandelo Brügger Universidade Federal de Viçosa
  • José Cola Zanúncio Universidade Federal de Viçosa
  • Paulo César R. Cassino Universidade Federal de Viçosa



Keywords, Polistini, Mischocyttarini, Epiponini, occurrence, predator


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.


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Silva-Filho, R., Brügger, B. P., Zanúncio, J. C., & Cassino, P. C. R. (2020). Social Wasps in Exotic Forest Planting and Atlantic Rainforest in the Neotropical Region. Sociobiology, 67(2), 308–311.



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