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Macao Paper Wasp

Scientific Name
Polistes olivaceus
Scientific Author
(Degeer, 1773)
Taxonomy
(Hymenoptera: Vespidae: Polistinae: Polistini)
Pest Status
0 Unknown
Status
NZ - Exotic
Reliability
High
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Justin C. Smith MAF
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Diagnostic Notes
Adult

Total length 20 mm. Thorax dorsal shield black with two long and wide longitudinal yellow stripes, expanded anteriorly, and yellow patches laterally; anteo-lateral plates yellow rimmed with dark centres; posterior plate orange-brown with posterior yellow bar. Waist mainly yellow, with black lines. Abdomen anterior yellow, 2nd seg red yellow with fine black band, remainder yellow with black bands. Wings yellow; length 15.0-16.5 mm. Legs yellow-brown (male - inner seg. with black). Prontum with a fovea; mesepisternum with a dorsal and a epicnemial groove; muscle-slit of propodeum broad; pleuron with weak and ill-defined, sparse punctures; male genitalia with the digitus bearing a wide submembranous sac which is not longer and narrower then the sclerotized basal part.

References

- McCormack, G. (2007). Cook Islands Biodiversity Database, Version 2007.2. Cook Islands Natural Heritage Trust, Rarotonga. Available online: [http://cookislands.bishopmuseum.org/species.asp?id=9369](http://cookislands.bishopmuseum.org/species.asp?id=9369) (Date of access: 21 Jan 2009)

- Richards, O.W. (1978). The Australian social wasps (Hymenoptera: Vespidae). Australian Journal of Zoology Supplement Series, 61: 1–132.

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Specimen Contact
MAF Plant Health & Environment Laboratory
Author
MAF Plant Health & Environment Laboratory
Created
19/10/2011 11:53 AEST
Last Updated
17/04/2014 01:26 AEST
Citation
MAF Plant Health & Environment Laboratory (2011) Macao Paper Wasp (Polistes olivaceus) Updated on 4/17/2014 1:26:17 AM Available online: PaDIL - http://www.padil.gov.au.
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