Brood success of the mud-daubing wasp Sceliphron jamaicense (Hymenoptera: Sphecidae) in a desert environment


  • Christopher K. Starr University of the West Indies Trinidad & Tobago
  • Armando Falcón-Brindis
  • María Luisa Jiménez


Palabras clave:

Brood success, Sceliphron jamaicense, Sphecidae, Araneae, Baja California Sur, Mexico


Examination of old Sceliphron jamaicense (Fabr.) nests at 4 localities near the tip of the Baja California peninsula showed levels of brood success (i.e., the fraction of fully provisioned, closed cells producing viable adult offspring)
between 24.6% and 58.1% per site. Failure was predominantly at the pupal stage at all localities. Successful cells are commonly reutilized by other solitary wasps, primarily Trypoxylon (Trypargilum) dubium Coville and Chalybion californicum (Sassure, 1867). There is a pronounced clumping tendency in successes and failures among nests.

Biografía del autor/a

Christopher K. Starr, University of the West Indies Trinidad & Tobago

Dep't of Life Sciences

Profesor de Entomologia (jubilado)


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