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ભમરી ततैया Paper wasp

Ropalidia marginata

Description:

These wasps make gymnodomous nests (open, not covered by an envelope) with one or more petioles, which they coat with ant-repellant chemicals. The nests are usually found in closed spaces with small openings, inside bushes and within various man-made structures like electric poles, broken pillars, crevices of buildings, electric cable boxes, switch boards, tube light holders, the bottom of park benches, and even from within dustbins and letter boxes. Nests that can be accessed only through very small openings are well protected from the hornets Vespa tropica, which are the prime predators of these wasps. Nest sizes range from 0 to 722 cells (mean ± s.d.: 133.7 ± 119.2), with 1 to 200 females (mean ± s.d.: 21.9 ± 22.3) and 0 to 33 males (mean ± s.d.: 2.4 ± 5.4).

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3 Comments

Sachin Zaveri
Sachin Zaveri 11 years ago

ID updated,

Sachin Zaveri
Sachin Zaveri 11 years ago

Added two more pic,

The MnMs
The MnMs 11 years ago

The second pic is even prettier

Sachin Zaveri
Spotted by
Sachin Zaveri

Gandhidham, Gujarat, India

Spotted on Jun 23, 2012
Submitted on Jun 28, 2012

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