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Subfamily Vespinae - Hornets and Yellowjackets

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The Vespinae of North America (Vespidae, Hymenoptera)
By L.S. Kimsey and J.M. Carpenter
Journal of Hymenoptera Research Vol. 28: 37–65, 2012
L.S. Kimsey and J.M. Carpenter, The Vespinae of North America (Vespidae, Hymenoptera), Journal of Hymenoptera Research 28: 37-65, 2012.

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The Yellowjackets of America North of Mexico REVISED EDITION
By Roger Akre, Albert Greene, John Macdonald, Peter J Landolt, Harry G Davis,and Elizebeth Myhre
None Unfinished Ms, 1996
This book was meant to be published around 96/97 but was rejected by the publisher at the last minute. Very few manuscripts were made but this lost work fell into obscurity. Recently a scan has been made to salvage this lost work. In comparison to the original book there is much added and the finished product would have turned out great. A readable/downloadable copy of this manuscript can be found here:

A tentative synopsis of the Hornets and Yellowjackets of America
By Joseph Bequaert
Entomologica Americana, 1932
This is the first major revision of North American Vespinae and Vespinae systematics in general. This review provides keys to the North American species as well as provides extensive distributional data and biological notes. Additions and corrections to this publication contaning distributional, biological, and nomenclatiorial information was added in two subsequent publications (1935 and 1941). Links are provided to those below.

Additionally provided below is Bequaert's divisions of the Vespinae which is a prequel to this review and deals with all known species of the Vespinae worldwide that were known at the time.

The Social Biology of Wasps
By Kenneth G Ross and Robert W Matthews
Cornell University Press, 1991
This is an excellent review of the species of social Vespidae worldwide.

Here is a link to a readable copy:

Here is a link to a readable/downloadable copy of Albert Greene's review of Dolichovespula and Vespula in this book (Chapter 8):

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:

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:

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:

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:

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