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Polistes fuscatus
2014-02-10 10:05:21

Penn State Aggression-causing genes appeared early in animal evolution and have maintained their roles for millions of years and across many species, even though animal aggression today varies widely from territorial fighting to setting up social hierarchies, according to researchers from Iowa State University, Penn State and Grand Valley State University. If these "mean genes" keep their roles in different animals and in different contexts, then perhaps model organisms -- such as bees...

Honey Bees Avoid Food Sources Near Predatory Hotspots
2013-10-03 06:14:36

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The life of a bee is bucolic and pastoral - flitting from flower to flower, collecting nectar to turn into honey. At least, that's how we all think of bees. Although bees are capable of defending themselves using their painful stings, the life of a honey bee is fraught with dangerous predators that seize them from the sky and wait to ambush them on flowers. The fear of such predators drives bees to avoid food sources closely...

2013-07-15 23:04:18

A New Jersey-based pest control company is now offering services to help residents and businesses to defend against this year’s bees and wasps. Tinton Falls, New Jersey (PRWEB) July 15, 2013 Officials with Alliance Commercial Pest Control announced today that now that summer is officially here, bees and wasps are coming, and as a solution, the company is now offering 15 percent off of its services. R. Brett Madden, Esq., spokesman for Alliance Commercial Pest Control, a leading provider...

2013-05-27 23:01:37

One of the nation´s top pest control companies is now offering discounted bee and wasp elimination services. Tinton Falls, NJ (PRWEB) May 27, 2013 As the weather gets warmer, bees and wasps will start to emerge, but thanks to a new service offered by Alliance Commercial Pest Control, residents and businesses in the New Jersey and Pennsylvania will now have the opportunity to protect themselves from the possibility of being stung. “Bees and wasps will start building nests under...

2013-02-26 10:42:38

New research delivers a sting in the tail for queen wasps. Scientists have sequenced the active parts of the genome — or transcriptome — of primitively eusocial wasps to identify the part of the genome that makes you a queen or a worker. Their work, published in BioMed Central's open access journal Genome Biology, shows that workers have a more active transcriptome than queens. This suggests that in these simple societies, workers may be the 'jack-of-all-trades' in the colony -...

2013-02-15 23:03:33

As warmer temperatures hit the Sacramento region, yellow jackets are emerging from hibernation and beginning their annual nest building. Local pest control company and bug experts Specialized Pest Patrol are reporting an increased call rate for yellow jacket nest sightings by home owners and property owners alike. Sacramento, CA (PRWEB) February 15, 2013 As warmer temperatures hit the Sacramento region, yellow jackets are emerging from hibernation and beginning their annual nest building....

Communal Living Of The Insect Kind
2011-11-17 04:20:02

The social lives of ants, wasps and bees have long been a puzzle to scientists. How did complex insect societies – colonies ruled by a queen and many workers – come to be? A new model adds to discontent with old ideas. Social insect society is divided into specialized castes that take on different roles within the nest. Most of the members of a colony — the workers — forego their own chance for reproduction and instead spend their lives raising offspring that aren't...


Latest Vespidae Reference Libraries

Palaeovespa
2014-04-18 16:08:43

Palaeovespa is a genus of wasps that holds seven species, all of which are extinct. Two of the species were discovered in Baltic amber deposits from Europe dating back to the middle Eocene era, while the other five were found in Florissant Formation amber from the Priabonian stage era in Colorado in the United States. This genus, and four of its species, was first described in 1906 by Dr. Theodore Cockerell in the Bulletin of the Museum of Comparative Zoology. Cockerell described all but one...

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2005-09-12 11:56:41

A wasp is any insect of the order Hymenoptera and suborder Apocrita that is not a bee, sawfly, or an ant. The less familiar suborder Symphyta includes the sawflies and wood wasps, which differ from the Apocrita by having a broad connection between the thorax and abdomen. Also, Symphyta larvae are mostly herbivorous and "caterpillarlike", whereas those of Apocrita are largely predatory or parasitic. Most familiar wasps belong to the Aculeata, a division of the Apocrita whose ovipositors are...

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2005-09-12 10:21:44

Spider wasps, also called pompilid wasps or spider-hunting wasps, are insects belonging to a diverse family named Pompilidae, of the order Hymenoptera. Spider wasps are sometimes distinct from other wasps in features such as eye structure (no notch as in Family Vespidae), legs modified for grooming, and in having a groove dividing the mesopleuron (a region of the thorax) into halves. Larvae can also be identified by physical examination. Females are often larger than the males, with...

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2005-08-25 08:44:29

A wasp is any insect of the order Hymenoptera and suborder Apocrita that is not a bee, sawfly, or an ant. Less familiar, the suborder Symphyta includes the sawflies and wood wasps, which differ from the Apocrita by having a broad connection between the thorax and abdomen. Also, Symphyta larvae are mostly herbivorous and "caterpillar-like", whereas those of Apocrita are largely predatory or parasitic. Most familiar wasps belong to the Aculeata, a division of the Apocrita whose ovipositors...

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2005-07-14 11:42:55

Yellowjackets are black-and-yellow wasps of the genus Vespula or Dolichovespula (though some can be black-and-white, the most notable of these being the baldfaced hornet, Dolichovespula maculata). They can be identified by their distinctive combination of black-and-yellow color, small size (slightly larger than a bee), and entirely black antennae. Like some other vespids, they live in colonies and build globular paper nests. Workers are around 12-20 mm in length, depending on species, and...

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