Image Number: 1402132

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.
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Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Subphylum: Atelocerata
Class: Hexapoda (including Insecta)
Infraclass: Neoptera
Subclass: Pterygota
Order: Hymenoptera
Suborder: Apocrita
Superfamily: Vespoidea
Family: Vespidae
Subfamily: Polistinae
Tribe: Polistini
Genus: Polistes
Subject: Polistes spp. Latreille, 1802


Kingdom: Plantae
Phylum: Magnoliophyta
Class: Magnoliopsida
Subclass: Asteridae
Order: Solanales
Family: Solanaceae
Genus: Nicotiana
Subject: Nicotiana tabacum (flue-cured type) L.
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Sunday, March 10, 2002
Image last updated:
Sunday, March 10, 2002