Isodontia Mexicana (Hymenoptera, Sphecidae), a New Invasive Wasp Species in the Fauna of Ukraine Reared from Trap-Nests in the Crimea

A. V. Fateryga 1 , Yu. V. Protsenko 2  and V. Yu. Zhidkov 3
  • 1 Karadag Nature Reserve of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, Nauki str., 24, Kurortnoye vill., Feodosiya, 98188 Ukraine.
  • 2 Taras Shevchenko Kyiv National University, Volodymirska str., 64, Kyiv, 01033 Ukraine
  • 3 National Nature Park “Charivna Gavan”, Kirova str., 43, Chernomorskoye, 96400 Crimea, Ukraine.

Abstract

Isodontia mexicana (Hymenoptera, Sphecidae), a New Invasive Wasp Species in the Fauna of Ukraine Reared from Trap-Nests in the Crimea. Fateryga, A. V., Protsenko, Yu. V., Zhidkov, V. Yu. - Th e North American wasp Isodontia mexicana was found for the first time in Ukraine in trap-nests operated near Pushkino (southern coast of the Crimea) in 2012. Th ree nests contained five cocoons, from which only one adult wasp emerged in 2013, allowing the positive identification; other cocoons were either empty (one) or destroyed by Melittobia acasta (three). Such a find of a newly established invasive species in Ukraine represents the easternmost point in its European range and possibly the most remarkable jump-dispersal event in its distribution.

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