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Unravelling cryptic species diversity in eastern Nearctic paper wasps, Polistes (Fuscopolistes), using male genitalia...
By Buck M., Cobb T.P., Stahlhut J.K., Hanner R.H.
Zootaxa 3502: 1-48, 2012
Full title: Unravelling cryptic species diversity in eastern Nearctic paper wasps, Polistes (Fuscopolistes), using male genitalia, morphometrics and DNA barcoding, with descriptions of two new species (Hymenoptera: Vespidae).
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Natural History and Evolution of Paper-Wasps (Oxford Science Publications)
By Stefano Turillazzi, Mary Jane West-Eberhard
Oxford University Press, 1996

The Social Wasps of the Americas Excluding the Vespinae
By Richards, O.W.
British Museum (Natural History), 1978
vii + 580 pp. and 4 colour plates. Provides keys to all the genera and species of New World Polistinae. Keys are poorly illustrated and in many cases only useful for experts. Key to Polistes difficult to use because it also includes the numerous Central and South American species. Separation of females of the widespread, hypervariable P. fuscatus from related species often inaccurate. Key to Polistes males does not work for most species.

Vespidae (Insecta: Hymenoptera) of Puerto Rico, West Indies
By Carpenter J.M., Genaro J.A.
Insecta Mundi 0202: 1-35, 2011

The social wasps of California (Vespinae, Polistinae, Polybiinae)
By Bohart R.M., Bechtel R.C.
Bull. U.C. Insect Survey 4: 73-101, 1957

A generic key to the nests of hornets, yellowjackets, and paper wasps worldwide (Vespidae: Vespinae, Polistinae)
By John W. Wenzel
American Museum novitates, No. 3224, 1998

The Evolution of Social Wasps
By James H Hunt
This is an excellent review of various Genera of social wasps.

A readable copy of this book can be found here: http://books.google.com/books?id=bFMoSxCVSVIC&printsec=frontcover&dq=social+biology+of+wasps&hl=en&sa=X&ei=UpttUuC2BqWF2QXb-4CABA&ved=0CDQQ6AEwAQ#v=onepage&q=social%20biology%20of%20wasps&f=false

A downloadable copy can be found at this link: http://www.academia.edu/4841577/Hunt_2007_The_evolution_of_social_wasps

Eyewitness Books: Insect
By Laurence Mound
DK Publishing Inc, 2007
This is a remarakable book featuring many color photos and valuble information on wasps and many other insects as well. It is primarily for a younger audience but it is a great read for anyone interested in insects.

Here is a link to a readable/downloadable copy: http://www.academia.edu/3861144/Eyewitness_books_Insect

 
 
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