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Wasp building nest.jpg
Western Paper Wasp (Mischocyttarus flavitarsis) building a nest
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Vespidae
Subfamily: Polistinae
Tribe: Mischocyttarini
Genus: Mischocyttarus
Saussure, 1853

>200 species

Mischocyttarus is a very large, primarily Neotropical genus of social wasps with a few species found also in the Nearctic region. It is the only member of the tribe Mischocyttarini. Mischocyttarus wasps build a relatively simple, single comb nest. Sometimes, the nest is built within a meter of the nest of Polistes carnifex.[1] It can be distinguished by its brown and yellow stripes.[1] [2] Foraging adults bring nectar and small caterpillars back to the nest to feed to the developing larvae which are individually housed in separate cells in the nest.[3] Not all nests have a female with developed ovaries.[1] Their biology is similar to that of species in the genus Polistes. However, Mischocyttarus appear to show considerably more social and reproductive flexibility than Polistes.



  1. ^ a b c Corn, Mary L. (1972). "Notes on the Biology of Polistes carnifex (Hymenoptera, Vespidae) in Costa Rica and Colombia". Psyche 79: 150–157. doi:10.1155/1972/78756. 
  2. ^ Belt, Thomas G. "The Naturalist in Nicaragua: Wasps". A Book of Natural History. FreeFictionBooks.org. Retrieved 2013-11-10. 
  3. ^ Reeve, Hudson K. (1991). "Polistes". In Kenneth G. Ross & Robert W. Mathew. The Social Biology of Wasps. Cornell University Press. pp. 99–148. ISBN 978-0-8014-9906-7.