Carnicera Wasp

Agelaia panamaensis

Agelaia panamaensis, image of the Panama Agelaia Wasp


Family: Vespidae

Subfamily: Polistinae

Tribe: Epiponini


The Spanish common name means "meat eater" and refers to this species’ habit of feeding on carrion.  Food sources also include insect larvae, particularly those of Coleoptera and Lepidoptera.  Adults chew the food well, and shape it into balls to carry to the larvae in the nest.  The various Vespids also use sugary substances for adult or larval food; these include the nectar of flowers and the secretions of leafhoppers and other Auchenorrhyncha.

Photo notes: Sacatepéquez department, Guatemala.

Determined by Dr. James M. Carpenter, American Museum of Natural History.

American Insects site