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A Brief Review of Studies on Social Wasps in Brazil

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Neotropical Social Wasps

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Social wasps in Brazil are common elements being important components of interactions with other organisms, acting as predators as well pollinators. In this chapter, we review the study of this group since the discovery of Brazil, in 1500. In the first two centuries (1500–1700), references to this group are rare, being most of the references to Hymenopteran being about ants and bees. During this period, most of the animal descriptions were done by naturalists who focused on their practical use, derived products, and damage caused by them. Later, with the development of natural sciences and onset of taxonomic systems, studies became more systematic. Many foreign researchers and expeditions visited the country to study its wildlife and particularly social wasps. Furthermore, with the establishment of scientific societies and universities in Brazil, many researchers have pursued the study of this group.

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Acknowledgment

Lopes LF was funded by FCT through funds to GHTM – UID/Multi/04413/2013 and CE3C, UID/BIA/00329/2013. We acknowledge the Museu Nacional de História Natural e da Ciência, Universidade de Lisboa, and the Portuguese Infrastructure of Scientific Collections (PRISC) for the access to the illustrations in the book Desenhos de gentios, animais quadrúpedes, aves, anfíbios, peixes e insetos da Expedição Filosófica do Pará, Rio Negro, Mato Grosso e Cuiabá. Originais. Volume 1.We dedicate this chapter to all researchers along the history who worked on wasps and contributed to the scientific knowledge of the Brazil, specially Ronaldo Zucchi, Sulene Shima, and Nivar Gobbi, recently retired, who left many students for keeping the wasp’s studies alive in Brazil. Also, this chapter is dedicated to Edilberto Giannotti for teaching about the wasp’s history for decades at UNESP (Rio Claro), as well his suggestions and friendship.

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Andena, S.R., Lopes, L.F., Carpenter, J.M., Silveira, O.T. (2021). A Brief Review of Studies on Social Wasps in Brazil. In: Prezoto, F., Nascimento, F.S., Barbosa, B.C., Somavilla, A. (eds) Neotropical Social Wasps. Springer, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-53510-0_1

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