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Revista Brasileira de Entomologia

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HERMES, Marcel G.; SOMAVILLA, Alexandre  and  GARCETE-BARRETT, Bolívar R.. On the nesting biology of Pirhosigma Giordani Soika (Hymenoptera, Vespidae, Eumeninae), with special reference to the use of vegetable matter. Rev. Bras. entomol. [online]. 2013, vol.57, n.4, pp.433-436.  Epub Dec 20, 2013. ISSN 0085-5626.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0085-56262013005000044.

On the nesting biology of Pirhosigma Giordani Soika (Hymenoptera, Vespidae, Eumeninae), with special reference to the use of vegetable matter. The use of vegetable matter in nest building is not widespread among the Eumeninae, and is reported for the first time for the two species of potter wasps Pirhosigma superficiale and P. limpidum. These wasps make mostly spherical mud nests over which they attach small pieces of unmasticated plant matter. Use of plant fragments in this group of wasps is interpreted as camouflage behavior.

Keywords : Eumenini; Insecta; nest construction; phylogeny.

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