Host: flue-cured tobacco (Nicotiana tabacum (flue-cured type)
Description: Several species of paper wasps search out and kill small hornworms and other tobacco pests. The wasps roll parts of the worms into balls, fly them to their nest, and feed them to their young. Research in the early 1960’s showed the provision of nesting sites near tobacco fields reduced numbers of hornworms and leaf loss. Most people recognize these beneficials as the familiar "stinging" wasps which build paper nests or combs under the eaves of buildings and in dense vegetation.
Image type: Field
Image location: United States
Specimen in collection: No
Name: R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company Slide Set
Organization: R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company
Country: United States