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Vespula rufa (Red Wasp)

Synonyms: Vespa intermedia; Vespa schrenckii; Vespa sibirica; Vespula grahami; Vespula obscura

Wikipedia Abstract

Vespula rufa, commonly known as the red wasp, is a social wasp species belonging to the Vespula genus. It is found in northern and central Europe, parts of Asia, and northern parts of North America. Vespula rufa is characterized by red-brown markings and body segmentation, with the appearance varying amongst the different roles of individuals in the species. These wasps build small nests in dry banks underground that are not far below the surface. The colony cycle begins in the fall. Vespula rufa feed on live insects. One interesting fact about Vespula rufa is that the queen policing occurs in the species, and that worker policing occurs at much lower rates than other species in the Vespula genus. There are predators and parasites of the species. The species goes through a series of events
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Prey / Diet

Angelica sylvestris subsp. bernardiae (woodland angelica)[1]
Cirsium arvense (Creeping Thistle)[1]
Epilobium angustifolium subsp. angustifolium (Rosebay Willowherb)[1]
Mesembrina meridiana (Mid-day Fly)[1]
Tanacetum bipinnatum subsp. bipinnatum (Tansy)[1]


Conops flavipes[1]
Lanius collurio (Red-backed Shrike)[2]
Physocephala rufipes[1]


External References



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1Ecology of Commanster
2Diet composition and prey choice by the red-backed shrike Lanius collurio in western Poland, Piotr Tryjanowski, Malgorzata Karolina Karg, Jerzy Karg, Belg. J. Zool., 133 (2) : 157-162 (2003)
3Jorrit H. Poelen, James D. Simons and Chris J. Mungall. (2014). Global Biotic Interactions: An open infrastructure to share and analyze species-interaction datasets. Ecological Informatics.
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