Polistes gallicus

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Polistes gallicus
Polistes gallicus1.jpg
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Vespidae
Subfamily: Polistinae
Genus: Polistes
Species: P. gallicus
Binomial name
Polistes gallicus
Linnaeus, 1761
  • Polistes foederata Kohl 1898
  • Polistes gallicus var. mongolicus Buysson 1911
  • Polistes omissus (Weyrauch 1938)

Polistes gallicus (also historically referred to as Polistes foederatus) is a fairly common European species of paper wasp, almost indistinguishable from the European paper wasp, Polistes dominula, with which it had long been confused. Nearly every reference to "P. gallicus" prior to 1985 was actually referring to P. dominula; due to the great similarity between species, however, many published studies for which there are no vouchered reference specimens cannot be reliably assigned to either species. Most of the literature that pertains to actual P. gallicus uses the junior synonym, P. foederatus, a name which still occasionally appears in the literature despite the known error (e.g., in O'Donnel[1]).


  1. ^ O'Donnell, S. (1998) REPRODUCTIVE CASTE DETERMINATION IN EUSOCIAL WASPS (HYMENOPTERA: VESPIDAE). Annual Review of Entomology Vol. 43: 323-346 doi:10.1146/annurev.ento.43.1.323