Wasp Fauna of Subfamilies (Eumeninae, Polistinae and Vespinae) from Dir, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan

  • Sayed Abdul Rauf
  • Muhammad Ather Rafi
  • Muhammad Qasim
  • Kamal Sheikh
  • Kashif Mehmood
  • Saima Durrani
  • Alamgir Khan
  • Abdur Rahman
Keywords: Wasp, Hymenoptera, Vespidae, Dir, Pakistan, Biogeography


During present study 13 species under five genera are recorded from Dir (Upper and Lower Dir), Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Pakistan. Out of 13 species four species are recorded under two genera of subfamily Eumeninae while four species represented one genus of subfamily Polistinae and five species belonged to two genera of subfamily Vespinae. Seven species Allorhynchium argentatum (Fabricius, 1804), Delta pyriforme pyriforme (Fabricius, 1775), Polistes gallicus (Linnaeus, 1767), P. indicus (Stolfa, 1934), Vespa tropica (Linnaeus, 1758), V. orientalis (Linnaeus, 1771) and Vespula vulgaris (Linnaeus, 1758) are new records for Dir. This new records enhance the wealth of wasp fauna in this region. The collected material also shows the diversity in these species.