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paper wasp

Scientific Name
Ropalidia socialistica
Scientific Author
(de Saussure)
Taxonomy
(Hymenoptera: Vespidae: Vespinae)
Status
Native Australian Pest Species
Reliability
High
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Ropalidia can be distinguished from Polistes by a number of characters, probably the easiest is in Ropalidia the 2nd gastral segment is solidly fused and does not overlap the 3rd gastral segment - this gives the petiole a "knob" like appearance; in Polistes the 2nd gastral segment clearly overlaps the 3rd segment and ther is no "knob" like appearance to the gaster.

Adult body length 7.5-8.5mm. colour yellow abd black.

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Specimen Contact
Museum Victoria
Author
Walker, K.
Created
21/02/2007 03:32 AEST
Last Updated
22/02/2007 15:50 AEST
Citation
Walker, K. (2007) paper wasp (Ropalidia socialistica) Updated on 2/22/2007 3:50:43 PM Available online: PaDIL - http://www.padil.gov.au.
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