Rapid Range Expansion of the Invasive Wasp Polistes dominula (Hymenoptera: Vespidae: Polistinae) and First Record of Parasitoids on this Species and the Native Polistes marginalis in the Western Cape Province of South Africa

@inproceedings{Benad2014RapidRE,
  title={Rapid Range Expansion of the Invasive Wasp Polistes dominula (Hymenoptera: Vespidae: Polistinae) and First Record of Parasitoids on this Species and the Native Polistes marginalis in the Western Cape Province of South Africa},
  author={P. C. Benad{\'e} and Ruan Veldtman and Michael John Samways and Francois Roets},
  year={2014}
}
Invasive organisms are one of the greatest threats to global biodiversity (Pimentel et al. 2000; Rands et al. 2010). Considerable efforts have been made towards understanding of the processes driving invasion success which is essential when devising management strategies to limit the spread and impacts of invasive alien species (IAS) (Kolar & Lodge 2001). The success of IAS (animal species in particular) in novel regions is often attributed to the absence of natural enemies and a subsequent… 
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