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1 June 2011 Sampling Methods for Assessing Social Wasps Species Diversity in a Eucalyptus Plantation
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Social wasps were collected in a eucalyptus (Eucalyptus urograndis, a genetically enhanced eucalyptus) plantation in Juiz de Fora, state of Minas Gerais, southwestern of Brazil, by using a variety of sampling methods, including active capture and baited traps set at two microhabitats. Six new records of social wasps for this region were obtained during the study: Brachygastra lecheguana Latreille, Polybia ignobilis Haliday, Polybia occidentalis Olivier, Polybia platycephala (Richards), Protonectarina sylveirae Saussure, and Protopolybia exigua Saussure (Hymenoptera: Vespidae). The active capture method sampled the greatest number of species. Baited traps installed in the canopy sampled a greater number of individuals of social wasps than those set on the trunks of eucalyptus trees. Fruit based baits captured a greater number of social wasp species than those baited with a protein derivative. Once no method was able to sample all species, we concluded that the efficiency of a survey can be maximized by using traps with a variety of different baits, in combination with active capture methods.

© 2011 Entomological Society of America
A. R. De Souza, D. F. A. Venâncio, J. C. Zanuncio, and F. Prezoto "Sampling Methods for Assessing Social Wasps Species Diversity in a Eucalyptus Plantation," Journal of Economic Entomology 104(3), (1 June 2011). https://doi.org/10.1603/EC11060
Received: 2 March 2011; Accepted: 1 April 2011; Published: 1 June 2011
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