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Bioclimatic Modelling Identifies Suitable Habitat for the Establishment of the Invasive European Paper Wasp (Hymenoptera: Vespidae) across the Southern Hemisphere
Two models were created to investigate the potential range expansion of Polistes dominula Christ (Hymenoptera: Vespidae) in the southern hemisphere and found significant range expansion by P. dominula is possible across its more southern invaded ranges.
Invasive paper wasps have strong cascading effects on the host plant of monarch butterflies
This study demonstrates a strong trophic cascade initiated by an invasive predator, the recent arrival of the invasive paper wasp Polistes dominula Christ, associated with substantial declines in local butterfly abundance in New Zealand.
Nesting Ecology and Colony Survival of Two Invasive Polistes Wasps (Hymenoptera: Vespidae) in New Zealand
- Rose A. McGruddy, M. Howse, J. Haywood, R. Toft, P. Lester
- Environmental ScienceEnvironmental Entomology
- 25 August 2021
Findings of this research suggest that P. dominula will not pose a threat to species inhabiting forested areas, and biodiversity managers should focus their efforts on suburban and coastal environments as native species in these areas will require the greatest protection.
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Ecological impact and spread of an invasive paper wasp in New Zealand (Hymenoptera: Vespidae)
- M. Howse
- Environmental Science
Social wasps are considered among the most successful and impactful invasive species in the world. One species, Polistes dominula has spread from its native Mediterranean range to every continent…
The native and exotic prey community of two invasive paper wasps (Hymenoptera: Vespidae) in New Zealand as determined by DNA barcoding
- M. Howse, Rose A. McGruddy, A. Felden, J. Baty, J. Haywood, P. J. Lester
- Environmental ScienceBiological Invasions
- 22 February 2022
Social wasps are invasive in many regions around the world. In their new communities, introduced predators such as these wasps may be beneficial as consumers of exotic pests, but they will also…