WASPS FAUNA OF (SUBFAMILIES: EUMENINAE, VESPINAE AND POLISTINAE) FROM DISTRICT MUZAFFARABAD, AZAD JAMMU AND KASHMIR, PAKISTAN

UNIVERSITY OF SINDH JOURNAL OF ANIMAL SCIENCES

Vol. 2, Issue 4, Dec, 2018

ISSN(E): 2523-6067
ISSN(P): 2521-8328 


WASPS FAUNA OF (SUBFAMILIES: EUMENINAE, VESPINAE AND POLISTINAE) FROM DISTRICT MUZAFFARABAD, AZAD JAMMU AND KASHMIR, PAKISTAN

 Muhammad Qasim*, Imtiaz Ali Khan** , Muhammad Ather Rafi**, Muham0mad Rafique Khan*, Muhammad Amin***, Muhammad Kamal Sheik****, Ghulam Rasul**** and Muzafar Shah*****

*Department of Entomology, Faculty of Agriculture, University of the Poonch, Rawalakot, Azad Jammu and Kashmir.
**University of Swabi, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
***Department of Entomology, Balochistan Agriculture College, Quetta.
****Planning and Development Division, Pakistan Agricultural Research Council, Islamabad.
*****Department of Zoology, University of Swat, Swat.


ABSTRACT

Vespid wasps were collected from different localities of district Muzaffarabad, Azad Jammu and Kashmir. Collected wasp specimen yielded 17 species under seven genera of subfamilies Eumeninae, Polistinae and Vespinae. The subfamily Eumeninae represented five species in four genera, while there are eight species of subfamily Polistinae in two genera and four species of the subfamily Vespinae under genus Vespa. Among these Delta dimidiatipenne (de Saussure), Eumenes placens Nurse, Knemodynerus excellens (Pérez), Polistes dominula (Christ), Polistes indicus Stolfa, Polistes stigma tamula (Fabricius), Polistes olivaceus (DeGeer), Polistes rothneyi carletoni van der Vecht, Polistes wattii Cameron, Ropalidia brevita Das & Gupta , Ropalidia colorata colorata van der Vecht, Vespa basalis Smith, Vespa orientalis Linnaeus, Vespa tropica (Linnaeus), Vespa velutina Lepeletier are recorded first time from district Muzaffarabad, Azad Jammu and Kashmir. Out of 17 species 11 species namely, Eumenes placens Nurse, Knemodynerus excellens (Pérez), Polistes dominula (Christ), Polistes indicus Stolfa, Polistes olivaceus (DeGeer), Ropalidia brevita Das & Gupta, Ropalidia colorata colorata van der Vecht, Vespa basalis Smith, Vespa orientalis Linnaeus , Vespa tropica (Linnaeus), Vespa velutina Lepeletier are new record for Azad Jammu and Kashmir.

Keyword

Wasps, Vespidae, Eumeninae, Vespinae and Polistinae, Muzaffarabad, Azad Jammu and Kashmir


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