First records of presocial behavior of Montezumia brethesi Bertoni, 1918 (Hymenoptera, Vespidae, Eumeninae)

  • R. B. Lopes
  • F. B. Noll
Short Communication


Montezumia Saussure is a genus of mason wasps with diverse nesting habits that occurs in the New World. Although all make nests of mud, these can be built as pots above ground or within galleries. Here, observations on nesting and provisioning in M. brethesi are made for the first time and strongly suggest communal nesting. This agrees with previous observations on M. cortesioides, but contrasts with reports from M. pelagica, a supposedly closely related species.


Sociality Mud nests Odynerini Progressive provisioning Parental care 



We thank M.Sc. Fernando Carnimeo and Dr. Marjorie Silva for spotting the nests. Also, we thank Dr. John Wenzel and Dr. Miriam Richards for suggestions on the manuscript and the Conselho Nacional de Desenvolvimento Científico e Tecnológico for Grants Numbers 472403/2013-3 and 306277/2013-1, and the Coordenação de Aperfeiçoamento de Pessoal de Nível Superior for the scholarship.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Departamento de Biologia, Faculdade de FilosofiaCiências e Letras de Ribeirão Preto Universidade de São PauloRibeirão PretoBrazil
  2. 2.Laboratório de Aculeata, Departamento de Zoologia e Botânica, Instituto de Biociências, Letras e Ciências ExatasUniversidade Paulista “Júlio de Mesquita Filho”São José do Rio PretoBrazil

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