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Social wasp (Polybia sp.) nest.jpg
in the Pantanal, Brazil
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Vespidae
Subfamily: Polistinae
Genus: Polybia
Lepeletier, 1836 [1]
Type species
Polistes liliacea Fabricius, 1804[2]

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Polybia is a genus of eusocial wasps ranging from Central to South America (Mexico to Brazil, Argentina). Some produce enough honey to be collected and eaten by local people.[3]



  1. ^ Orlando Tobias Silveira (2008). "Phylogeny of wasps of the genus Mischocyttarus de Saussure (Hymenoptera, Vespidae, Polistinae)". Revista Brasileira de Entomologia. 52 (4): 510–549. doi:10.1590/S0085-56262008000400004.
  2. ^ James M. Carpenter. "Tentative Checklist of the Polistine Tribe Epiponini". IUNH. Retrieved 2 May 2017.
  3. ^ Santolaya, A. Rev Fac Cienc Med Univ Nac Cordoba. 1953. Analysis of honey from Polybia scutellaris (Camuati)