Revista Brasileira de Entomologia
versão impressa ISSN 0085-5626
HERMES, Marcel G. e KOHLER, Andreas. The flower-visiting social wasps (Hymenoptera, Vespidae, Polistinae) in two areas of Rio Grande do Sul State, southern Brazil. Rev. Bras. entomol. [online]. 2006, vol.50, n.2, pp. 268-274. ISSN 0085-5626. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0085-56262006000200008.
The flower-visiting social wasps (Hymenoptera, Vespidae, Polistinae) in two areas of Rio Grande do Sul State, southern Brazil. The structure of flower-visiting social wasps' assemblages in the CPCN Pró-Mata of São Francisco de Paula and in the Green Belt of Santa Cruz do Sul, Rio Grande do Sul, are characterized. A total of 879 polistine wasps were collected, of which 475 (11 spp.) in the CPCN and 404 (21 spp.) in the Green Belt, from September 1997 to April 2001 and from September 2001 to April 2004, respectively. Foraging social wasps were observed on flowers of 36 species of angiosperms (20 families) in the Green Belt, and on flowers of 54 species of angiosperms (21 families) in the CPCN. Asteraceae was the most visited plant family on both studied localities. A list of pant species visited by the polistines is provided.
Palavras-chave : Araucaria Forest; Asteraceae; Atlantic Forest; floral preferences; Vespidae.