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Genus Brachygastra - Honey Wasps

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Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Hymenoptera (Ants, Bees, Wasps and Sawflies)
No Taxon (Aculeata - Ants, Bees and Stinging Wasps)
Superfamily Vespoidea (Yellowjackets and Hornets, Paper Wasps; Potter, Mason and Pollen Wasps and allies)
Family Vespidae (Yellowjackets and Hornets, Paper Wasps; Potter, Mason and Pollen Wasps)
Subfamily Polistinae (Paper Wasps)
Genus Brachygastra (Honey Wasps)
Explanation of Names
Brachygastra Perty 1833
'short gaster'
Numbers
a single species in our area, 17 spp. total(1)
Range
sw US (AZ, TX) to Argentina(1)
Works Cited
1.A phylogenetic analysis of the social wasp genus Brachygastra Perty, 1833, and description of a new species (Hymenoptera: ...
Sergio N.Andena, James M.Carpenter. 2012. American Museum of Natural History (American Museum Novitates).