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The Pollen Wasps

Ecology and Natural History of the Masarinae

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$65.00 • £54.95 • €60.00

ISBN 9780674281684

Publication Date: 06/01/1996

340 pages

28 halftones, 43 linecuts, 25 color illustrations


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  • Acknowledgments
  • 1. Introduction
    • Taxonomic history of the masarine wasps
    • A note on terms used
  • 2. Biogeography
    • World distribution, diversity, and areas of endemism
    • Southern African distribution, areas of diversity, and degree of endemism
    • Distribution of the pollen wasps compared with that of the bees and of non-masarine aculeate wasps
  • 3. Flower Associations
    • Review of world pollen wasp/flower associations
    • Pollen wasp/forage plant associations in relation to pollen wasp distributions
  • 4. Life History
    • Life cycle
    • Mate location
    • Nest guarding
    • Sleeping and sheltering
    • Evolutionary considerations
  • 5. Nesting
    • Nesting accounts
    • Overview of nesting by the masarines as a group
  • 6. Associates
    • Ectoparasites
    • Endoparasites
    • “Parasites” in nests
    • Scavengers in cells
    • Nest usurpers
    • Predators
  • 7. Pollen Wasps as Potential Pollinators
    • Aizoaceae
    • Asteraceae
    • Papilionaceae
    • Campanulaceae
    • Scrophulariaceae
    • Discussion
  • 8. Pollen Wasps and Land Use
    • Historical land use
    • Present land use
    • Conservation status
  • 9. Summary
  • Appendix 1. Records of flower visiting by masarine wasps
  • Appendix 2. Plants of the groups associated with masarine wasps in southern Africa together with their non-masarine solitary aculeate wasp and bee visitors
  • Appendix 3. Described species of masarine wasps
  • References
  • Index

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