Vespas Sociais (Vespidae: Polistinae) do Instituto Inhotim, Minas Gerais, Brasil




Conservation, diversity, Hymenoptera, Botanical Garden


Due to the great loss of insect diversity the world has been suffering, inventorying existing species can provide us with insights for future studies on conservation of functional groups. The objective of this work is to contribute with knowledge of the social wasp fauna of Minas Gerais, by determining the species of the visitation area of the Inhotim Institute, Minas Gerais, Brazil. Through active search for nests, 49 colonies of 16 species and nine genera were recorded.


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Barbosa, B. C.; Detoni, M.; Maciel, T. T.; Prezoto, F. (2016) Studies of social wasp diversity in Brazil: Over 30 years of research, advancements and priorities. Sociobiology, 63(3): 858-880. doi: 10.13102/sociobiology.v63i3.1031

Detoni, D. F.; Barbosa, B. C.; Maciel, T. T.; Santos, S. J. L.; Prezoto, F. (2018) Long- and short-term changes in social wasp community structure in an urban area. Sociobiology. 65(2): 305-311. doi: 10.13102/sociobiology.v65i2.2597

Maciel, T. T.; Barbosa, B. C.; Prezoto, F. (2016) Armadilhas atrativas como ferramenta de amostragem de vespas sociais (Hymenoptera: Vespidae): Uma meta-análise. EntomoBrasilis, 9(3): 150-157. doi: 10.12741/ebrasilis.v9i3.644

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Piekarski, P. K.; Carpenter, J. M.; Lemmon, A. R.; Moriarty Lemmon, E.; Sharanowski, B. J. (2018) Phylogenomic evidence overturns current conceptions of social evolution in wasps (Vespidae). Molecular Biology and Evolution, 35(9): 2097-2109. doi: 10.1093/molbev/msy124

Prezoto, F.; Maciel, T. T.; Detoni, M.; Mayorquin, A. Z.; Barbosa, B. C. (2019) Pest Control Potential of Social Wasps in Small Farms and Urban Gardens. Insects, 10(7): 192. doi: 10.3390/insects10070192

Silva, R. C.; da Silva, A. P.; Assis, D. S.; Nascimento, F. S. (2019) Occurrence and nesting behavior of social wasps in an anthropized environment. Sociobiology, 66(2): 381-388. doi: 10.13102/sociobiology.v66i2.4303

Silveira, O. T.; Andena, S. R.; Somavilla, A.; Carpenter, J. M. (2021) Phylogeny and classification of the neotropical social wasps. In: Prezoto, F.; Nascimento, F. S.; Barbosa, B. C.; Somavilla, A. (Eds.) Neotropical Social Wasps, pp. 267-291. Springer, Cham. doi: 10.1007/978-3-030-53510-0_16

Somavilla, A.; Barbosa, B.C.; Souza, M.M.; Prezoto, F. (2021) List of Species of Social Wasps from Brazil. In: Prezoto, F.; Nascimento, F. S.; Barbosa, B. C.; Somavilla, A. (Eds.), Neotropical Social Wasps, pp. 293-316. Springer, Cham. doi: 10.1007/978-3-030-53510-0_16

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How to Cite

Barbosa, B. C., & Maciel, T. T. (2022). Vespas Sociais (Vespidae: Polistinae) do Instituto Inhotim, Minas Gerais, Brasil. Entomological Communications, 4, ec04040.



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