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Polistes dominula

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Specimens of the European paper wasp, Polistes dominula Christ (Hymenoptera: Vespidae), were first collected in June 2006 by City and County of Honolulu Parks and Recreation personnel on Oahu after workers were stung as they were trimming trees. This potentially aggressive paper wasp hides its nest in voids and other enclosures, thus increasing the risk for unexpected encounters with human beings. First recorded in North America in 1981, it has rapidly increased its distribution in the United States in the past 20 years. It is the most abundant paper wasp in countries around the Mediterranean, its native region. Its distribution also includes southern Europe, northern Africa, and the Middle East, eastward to China. (information from http://hawaii.gov/hdoa/pi/ppc/2006-annual-report/new-pest-detections accessed 09OCT2008) 

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Effectiveness of vapor heat (University of Hawaii CTAHR)
Hot vapor treatments of commercial potted plants are lethal to coqui, but some plants suffer damage from the treatment. Photos of vapor effects on sensitive plants are shown.

Taxonomy & nomenclature

Polistes dominula information from ITIS
The Integrated Taxonomic Information System ITIS provides authoritative taxonomic information on Polistes dominula, as well as other plants, animals, fungi, and microbes of North America and the world.


2006 Annual Report for Hawaii Department of Agriculture (HDOA) Plant Pest Control Branch View info about Adobe Acrobat PDF format
New insect introductions and projects involving invasive species are reviewed in Appendix IV of the 2006 HDOA annual report.

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