The Family Vespidae is a member of the Superfamily Vespoidea. Here is the complete "parentage" of Vespidae:
- Domain: Eukaryota
Whittaker & Margulis,1978 - eukaryotes
- Kingdom: Animalia
C. Linnaeus, 1758 - animals
- Subkingdom: Bilateria
(Hatschek, 1888) Cavalier-Smith, 1983 - bilaterians
- Branch: Protostomia
Grobben, 1908 - protostomes
- Infrakingdom: Ecdysozoa
A.M.A. Aguinaldo et al., 1997 ex T. Cavalier-Smith, 1998 - ecdysozoans
- Superphylum: Panarthropoda
- Phylum: Arthropoda
Latreille, 1829 - Arthropods
- Subphylum: Mandibulata
- Infraphylum: Atelocerata
- Superclass: Panhexapoda
- Class: Insecta C. Linnaeus, 1758 - Insects
- Superclass: Panhexapoda
- Infraphylum: Atelocerata Heymons, 1901
- Subphylum: Mandibulata Snodgrass, 1938
- Phylum: Arthropoda Latreille, 1829 - Arthropods
- Superphylum: Panarthropoda Cuvier
- Infrakingdom: Ecdysozoa A.M.A. Aguinaldo et al., 1997 ex T. Cavalier-Smith, 1998 - ecdysozoans
- Branch: Protostomia Grobben, 1908 - protostomes
- Subkingdom: Bilateria (Hatschek, 1888) Cavalier-Smith, 1983 - bilaterians
- Kingdom: Animalia C. Linnaeus, 1758 - animals
The Family Vespidae is further organized into finer groupings including:
- Subfamily (5): Eumeninae · Masarinae · Polistinae · Stenogastrinae · Vespinae
- Tribe (1): Alticini
- Genus (87): Agalaia · Agelaia · Ancistrocerus · Angiopolybia · Anischnogaster · Apoica · Asteloeca · Belonogaster · Brachygastra · Carolina · Cephalodynerus · Chalogaster · Chartergellus · Charterginus · Chartergus · Chatergellus · Clypearia · Curiosavespa · Curiosivespa · Dolchivespula · Dolichodynerus · Dolichovespula · Epipona · Eumenes · Euodynerus · Euparagia · Eustennogaster · Eustenogaster · Gastrodynerus · Hypalastoroides · Icaria · Ischnogaster · Leionotus · Leipomeles · Leptochiloides · Leptochilus · Leucodynerus · Liostenogaster · Maricopodynerus · Megaera · Metapolybia · Metischnogaster · Microdynerus · Minixi · Mischocyttarus · Monacanthocnemis · Monerebia · Monobia · Montezumia · Myraptera · Nectarinella · Odynerus · Pachodynerus · Palaeovespa · Parachartergus · Paraicaria · Parancistrocerus · Paranortonia · Parapolybia · Paravespula · Parischnogaster · Polistes · Polybia · Polybioides · Priorvespa · Protonectarina · Protopolybia · Provespa · Pseudepipona · Pseudodynerus · Pseudomasaris · Pseudopolybia · Pterocheilus · Raphigaster · Ropalidia · Smeringodynerus · Stelopolybia · Stenodynerus · Stenogaster · Sybillina · Symmorphus · Synoeca · Synoecoides · Vespa · Vespula · Zeta · Zethus
- Species: ZipcodeZoo has pages for 4,081 species and subspecies in the Family Vespidae.
Agelaia is a genus of Neotropical (family Vespidae), with species from Mexico to northern Argentina. Fifteen of the 31 described species are found in Brazil. These species are swarm founders that nest in cavities. The nest generally is without an envelope. [more]
Ancistrocerus is a widely distributed genus of potter wasps with species present in many biogeographical regions of the world. [more]
Apoica is a genus of eusocial paper wasps found throughout the Central and South American tropics. These wasps are truly nocturnal, carrying out their foraging activities after the setting of the sun. They prefer to construct their nests, which have an open comb like many paper wasps, under large leaves, or in shrubs. During the day, wasps covering the comb fan their wings to cool the nest, keeping it at a suitable temperature for larval development. [more]
Brachygastra is a small genus of paper wasps, well-known as being one of the very few types of insects other than bees that produce and store honey. [more]
Dolichovespula is a small genus of social wasps distributed widely throughout the Northern Hemisphere. The yellow and black members of the genus are known by the common name yellowjackets (or yellow-jackets) in North America along with members of their sister genus Vespula. Others like the Bald-faced hornet are black and white. [more]
Icaria, also spelled Ikaria (Greek: ), is a Greek island in the Aegean Sea, 10 nautical miles (19 km) southwest of Samos. It derived its name from Icarus, the son of Daedalus in Greek mythology, who fell into the sea nearby. Administratively the island forms a separate municipality within the Ikaria regional unit, which is part of the North Aegean region. The principal town of the island and seat of the municipality is Agios Kirykos. [more]
Tropidophis, common name wood snake or West Indian wood snake, is a genus of dwarf boas found in the West Indies and South America. Currently, 17 species are recognized. [more]
Leptochilus is a genus in the family Polypodiaceae. [more]
Paravespula is a small of yellowjacket wasps, including two of the best-known wasp species in the world; the German wasp, Vespula germanica, and the common wasp, Vespula vulgaris. It is occasionally treated as a separate genus, but this is not widely accepted. [more]
Wasps of the cosmopolitan genus Polistes (the only genus in the tribe Polistini) are the most familiar of the polistine wasps, and are the most common type of paper wasp. It is also the single largest genus within the family Vespidae, with over 300 recognized species and subspecies. Their innate preferences for nest-building sites leads them to commonly build nests on human habitation, where they can be very unwelcome; although generally not aggressive, they can be provoked into defending their nests. All species are predatory, and they may consume large numbers of caterpillars, in which respect they are generally considered beneficial. The European paper wasp, Polistes dominula, was introduced into the US about 1981 and has quickly spread throughout most of the country, in most cases replacing native species within a few years. This species is very commonly mistaken for a yellowjacket, as it is black, strongly marked with yellow, and quite different from the native North American species of Polistes. Polistes wasps can be identified by their characteristic flight; their long legs dangle below their bodies, which are also more slender than a yellowjacket. [more]
Provespa is a lesser known genus of , made up of a group of nocturnal wasps from Southeast Asia, such as P. barthelemyi and P. nocturna. [more]
Vespula is a small of social wasps, widely distributed in the Northern Hemisphere. Along with members of their sister genus Dolichovespula, they are collectively known by the common name yellowjackets (or yellow-jackets) in North America. Vespula species have a shorter oculo-malar space (shown in the figure below) and a more pronounced tendency to nest underground than Dolichovespula. [more]
At least 265 species and subspecies belong to the Genus Zethus.
More info about the Genus Zethus may be found here.
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