A1 Journal article (refereed)
Social wasps (Vespinae) in urban gardens and woods (2020)

Komonen, A., Nirhamo, A., & Torniainen, J. (2020). Social wasps (Vespinae) in urban gardens and woods. Annales Zoologici Fennici, 57(1), 41-46. http://www.sekj.org/PDF/anz57-free/anz57-041-046-OA.pdf

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All authors or editors: Komonen, Atte; Nirhamo, Aleksi; Torniainen, Jyrki

Journal or series: Annales Zoologici Fennici

ISSN: 0003-455X

eISSN: 1797-2450

Publication year: 2020

Volume: 57

Issue number: 1

Pages range: 41-46

Publisher: Finnish Zoological and Botanical Publishing Board

Publication country: Finland

Publication language: English

Persistent website address: http://www.sekj.org/PDF/anz57-free/anz57-041-046-OA.pdf

Publication open access: Openly available

Publication channel open access: Partially open access channel

Publication is parallel published (JYX): https://jyx.jyu.fi/handle/123456789/67607


Global change, including urbanization, affects species ecology. Social wasps (Vespinae) are ubiquitous in urban areas, which increases their encounters with humans. We studied social wasps in urban gardens and nearby urban woods in central Finland, using beer traps. Social wasps were common in gardens and woods, and overall wasp abundance was higher in the woods. Also, the most abundant and frequent species Vespula vulgaris was more abundant in the woods than in the gardens. Variation in the overall abundance and the abundance of V. vulgaris was great among trap locations, which likely results from wasps’ social nesting habits. Neither the abundance of all social wasps nor that of V. vulgaris differed between July and August. Our study suggests that urban woods might increase wasp abundance in adjacent gardens. Vespula germanica — a species expanding its range northwards in Finland — was documented for the first time from central Finland. The ongoing global change is likely to change wasp communities and their encounters with humans in urban environments.

Keywords: Vespidae; home ranges (biology); urban environment; gardens; urban forests

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Reporting Year: 2020

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