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Family Vespidae - Yellowjackets and Hornets, Paper Wasps; Potter, Mason and Pollen Wasps

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Wasps: An account of the biology and natural history of solitary and social wasps
By J. Phillip Spradbury
This is an excellent reference on the solitary and social aculeata of the British Isles. It has an extensive review of British solitary wasps and social Vespinae as well as references to Vespinae from other parts of the world.

Here is a link to a readable/downloadable copy of this book: http://www.academia.edu/4129909/Spradbery_1973_Wasps_An_account_of_the_biology_and_natural_history_of_social_and_solitary_wasps

Taxonomy and distribution of Nearctic Vespula
By C.D.F. Miller
The Canaddian Entomologist, 1961
This is an early work on the North American species of Vespula and Dolichovespula. It contains keys to the North American species as well as provides distributional maps showing individual species range in the U.S. and Canada. It also lists extensive distributional data based on specimen data and breif biological notes are made for each species.

Here is a link to a readable/downloadable copy: http://www.academia.edu/1884567/Miller_1961_Taxonomy_and_distribution_of_Nearctic_Vespula_Hymenoptera_Vespinae_

Biology of the Vespine Wasps
By Makoto Matsuura and Seiki Yamane
Springer-Verlag, 1990
This is an english translation of the 1984 Japanese work by the same authors titled: Comparative ethology of the Vespine wasps. This book is mainly a review on the biology and behavior of the Japanese Vespinae species, but this work also contains a chapter discussing a comparison between the Eurasian and North American species as well as provides a distributional checklist of the species of Vespinae worldwide. It is a well written and worthwhile read for anyone interested in Hornets and Yellowjackets in east Asia.

Here is a link to a readable/downloadable copy: http://www.academia.edu/23253

Social Wasps: Their biology and control
By Robin Edwards
Retokil LTD, 1980
This is one of the most thoroughly written works on social wasps. This book primarily contains information on British species but contains information on social vespids from other parts of the world as well.

Here is a link to a readable/downlaodable copy: http://www.academia.edu/2325339/Edwards_1980_Social_Wasps_Their_Biology_and_Control

A contribution to the biology of North American Vespine wasps
By Carl D Duncan
Stanford Universuty Press, 1939
This is the first major work on the morphology and taxonomy of North American Vespine wasps. This book extensively studies the internal and external morphology of the western yellowjacket Vespula pensylvanica as well as provides a chapter on Vespine systematics and also provides subsequent chapters which extensivly review the biology and behavior of the Vespinae species from the Western United States. This book is an excellent read and threrefore highly reccomended.

Here is a link to a readable/downloadable copy of this work:
http://www.academia.edu/4894080/Duncan_1939_A_contribution_to_t

Monographie des guepes au Vespa
By Robert Du Buysson
Although outdated, This is one of the first monographs of the species of Vespinae of the world. This is a great historical piece for anyone wanting to see how much progress has been made in the field in the last Century.

Here is a link to a downloadable/readable copy: http://www.academia.edu/1910303/Du_Buysson_1904-1905_Monographie_des_guepes_au_Vespa_IN_FRENCH

Books on Vespinae
By Various
various
http://independent.academia.edu/AnthonyDaglio/Books

Vespine wasps of the World: Behaviour, ecology, & taxonomy of the Vespinae
By Michael E Archer
Siri Scientific Press, 2012

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