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Social Wasps in Amber

  title={Social Wasps in Amber},
  author={Hans Elias and and and Seymour. Bortner},
A new species of the paper wasp genus Agelaia Lepeletier (Hymenoptera: Vespidae; Polistinae, Epiponini) is described from Miocene amber of the Dominican Republic. Agelaia electra is the only social wasp known from Dominican amber. Few indeed are the social wasps known from the fossil record. A nest has been described from the Upper Cretaceous of Utah (Brown, 1941); its identity has been disputed (Bequaert and Carpenter, 1941), but recently it has been confirmed (Wenzel, 1990). However, the nest… 

Early lineages of Vespidae (Hymenoptera) in Cretaceous amber

Fossil information combined with a phylogenetic tree shows that the main groups of Vespidae probably evolved during the Early Cretaceous, and the new genus Protovespa appears more closely related to extant Masarinae, Eumeninae and social wasps than to Priorvespinae.

Molecular Phylogeny and Historical Biogeography of the Neotropical Swarm-Founding Social Wasp Genus Synoeca (Hymenoptera: Vespidae)

The Bayesian divergence dating analysis revealed recent Plio-Pleistocene diversification in Synoeca, and the biogeographical analysis suggested an Amazonian origin of SyNoeca, with three main dispersal events subsequently occurring during the Plio, Pleistocene.

Marimbondos: systematics, biogeography, and evolution of social behaviour of neotropical swarm‐founding wasps (Hymenoptera: Vespidae: Epiponini)

The resulting phylogenetic hypothesis shows many of the traditional clades but still impacts the way certain behavioural characters, such as nest structure and castes, evolved, and thus requires some re‐interpretations.

The wasps, bees and ants (Insecta: Vespida=Hymenoptera) from the Insect Limestone (Late Eocene) of the Isle of Wight, UK

The composition of the hymenopteran assemblage is most similar to that of Baltic amber and indicative of a well forested territory, as well as of a humid, equable climate, more typically equable than in the Baltic amber source area, judging from the absence of Aphidiinae and scarcity of aphids.

Phylogeographic analysis reveals high genetic structure with uniform phenotypes in the paper wasp Protonectarina sylveirae (Hymenoptera: Vespidae)

An integrative approach to reconstruct the evolutionary history of P. sylveirae in a spatial-temporal framework was performed to investigate the presence of genetic structure and its relationship with the geography, the evolution of distinct morphologic lineages and the possible historical event in Neotropical region, which could explain the observed phylogeographic pattern.

Biogeography of the social wasp genus Brachygastra (Hymenoptera: Vespidade: Polistinae)

The known geological history of the Neotropical region was used together with the current phylogeny and distribution of species to investigate questions concerning the biogeography of Brachygastra: the ancestral ranges of Brachydactylus species; their areal relationships and their congruence with previously published hypotheses.

The vision of David Grimaldi

This issue has been compiled in recognition of David A. Grimaldi’s remarkable ongoing impact on the fields of paleontology, entomology, and evolutionary biology.


Polybia selvana, a new species of paper wasp from Costa Rica, is described.

A Fossil Paper Wasp (Vespidae: Polistinae) from the Chibanian (Middle Pleistocene) Shiobara Group in Tochigi Prefecture, Japan

Abstract. A specimen belonging to the genus Polistes (Vespidae: Polistinae) is described from the Chibanian (Middle Pleistocene) Shiobara Group, Tochigi Prefecture, Japan. The morphology of the

Enemy targeting, trade-offs, and the evolutionary assembly of a tortoise beetle defense arsenal

It is hypotheses that older traits performed better against older enemies and that patterns of both trait and enemy accumulation are consistent with defense escalation, and that negative functional interactions among defenses have fostered the evolution of a defense arsenal of increasing complexity.



A social wasp's nest from the Cretaceous period, Utah, USA, and its biogeographical significance.

The purpose of the note is to argue Celliforma favosites is indeed a legitimate fossil of a social wasp's nest and increases the known age of social behavior in wasps from Oligocene to at least 63 million years.

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