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Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Clade: Euarthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Vespidae
Subfamily: Vespinae
Genus: Provespa
Ashmead, 1903[1]

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Provespa is a small genus of Vespidae, made up of nocturnal wasps from Southeast Asia. They are the only nocturnal members of the subfamily Vespinae, and also the only vespines where new colonies are formed by swarming (one queen attended by a large number of workers, similar to honey bees).[2] They tend to build their nests from fibrous plant material, making them a uniform greyish brown colour which is often difficult to locate.



  1. ^ M. Madle (2012). "Notes on the genus Provespa Ashmead, 1903 (Insecta: Hymenoptera: Vespidae: Vespinae) based on the material of the Naturhistorisches Museum Wien (Austria)". Annalen des Naturhistorischen Museums in Wien. Serie B für Botanik und Zoologie. 114: 27–35. 
  2. ^ Matsuura, M. (1999) Size and composition of swarming colonies in Provespa anomala (Hymenoptera, Vespidae), a nocturnal social wasp. Insectes Sociaux Volume 46,pp 219-223.

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