Seasonal richness and composition of social wasps (Hymenoptera, vespidae) in areas of cerrado biome in Barroso, Minas Gerais, Brazil

Authors

  • Marcos Magalhães de Souza nstituto Federal de Educação e Tecnologia do Sul de Minas
  • Epifânio Porfiro Pires Universidade Federal de Lavras
  • Fábio Prezoto Universidade Federal de Juiz de Fora

Abstract

The study evaluated the seasonal richness and composition of social wasps in Cerrado transition areas and Atlantic Forest in the municipal district of Barroso (Cerrado Grassland, Semidecidual Forest and Anthropic Areas). Thirty-eight species of social wasps were recorded, distributed in 10 genera and 127 colonies. The phytophysiognomy of Cerrado Grassland had the highest number of species (35) and colonies (76), followed by Semidecidual Forest (26 species and 37 colonies) and Anthropic Areas (nine species and 14 colonies). Agelaia vicina (Saussure, 1854) showed the highest constancy, present in 57.7% of collections. The number of social wasp species and colonies was positively correlated with temperature and precipitation. The hot and humid season is the most favorable period for social wasp population growth.

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Published

2014-02-20

How to Cite

SOUZA, M.M. de, PIRES, E.P. and PREZOTO, F., 2014. Seasonal richness and composition of social wasps (Hymenoptera, vespidae) in areas of cerrado biome in Barroso, Minas Gerais, Brazil . Bioscience Journal [online], vol. 30, no. 2, pp. 539–545. [Accessed8 December 2022]. Available from: https://seer.ufu.br/index.php/biosciencejournal/article/view/18223.

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Biological Sciences