Nest Parameters of Polistes and Mischocyttarus Species (Hymenoptera: Vespidae) Before and After Detection of the Invasive Wasp, Polistes dominula in Western South Dakota and Wyoming

  title={Nest Parameters of Polistes and Mischocyttarus Species (Hymenoptera: Vespidae) Before and After Detection of the Invasive Wasp, Polistes dominula in Western South Dakota and Wyoming},
  author={Holly Downing},
  • H. Downing
  • Published 2 August 2012
  • Environmental Science
Abstract In this paper I report first records for the invasive species, Polistes dominula (Christ), in Wyoming and western South Dakota, U.S.A. In addition, the early nesting success of this invasive species and the nest parameters in two native paper wasps, Polistes fuscatus (F.) and Mischocyttarus flavitarsis (de Saussure), are analyzed through a survey of nests, nesting locations, nest size and relative levels of parasitism in the northern Black Hills area and surrounding plains. Polistes… 
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