Apoica pallens

Nocturnal Paper Wasp

Apoica pallens, Nocturnal Paper Wasp, Honduras image


Family: Vespidae

Subfamily: Polistinae

Tribe: Epiponini



Apoica pallens has been reported from Argentina, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guatemala, Guyana, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, Trinidad, and Venezuela (Pickett and Wenzel, 2007).

A similar wasp is Apoica thoracica.

Location for upper photo: Mountain Pine Ridge, Belize.

Location for lower photo: Pico Bonito National Park, Honduras; this wasp was attracted to lights.


Nocturnal Paper Wasps, Apoica pallens, Honduras image

Below: The paired images allow comparison of the size of the compound eyes and ocelli of the noctural Apoica pallens (upper) and the diurnal Polistes fuscatus (lower).

Compound eyes and ocelli of nocturnal and diurnal Polistinae


American Insects site