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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… 
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