Vespoid wasps

The Vespoid wasps RES Handbook covers the following families of the Vespoidea: Tiphiidae, Mutillidae, Sapygidae, Scoliidae and Vespidae (including the subfamilies Eumeninae, Polistinae and Vespinae).

45 species of vespoid wasps occur in Britain and Ireland. There are keys to the families, genera and species, with illustrations of diagnostic features throughout. The author provides advice on preparing of specimens for identification. Species accounts include information on British and overseas distribution, habitats, adult activity period, nesting characteristics, prey, host records and flowers visited.

Handbooks for the Identification of British Insects is a series of books produced by the Royal Entomological Society (RES). Each Handbook provides illustrated identification keys to the insects of Britain, together with concise morphological, biological and distributional information. Accordingly all books contain line drawings, and the most recent volumes feature colour photographs. RES Handbooks are suitable for experienced users. The series also includes several Check Lists of British Insects. Field Studies Council has published RES Handbooks for many years. Many out-of-print Handbooks are now available for free download from the RES.

RES Handbook Vol 6 Part 6