5. Social Wasps and Ants as Aliens

  1. T. R. New

Published Online: 2 JUL 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781118381250.ch5

Hymenoptera and Conservation

Hymenoptera and Conservation

How to Cite

New, T. R. (2012) Social Wasps and Ants as Aliens, in Hymenoptera and Conservation, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781118381250.ch5

Author Information

  1. Department of Zoology, La Trobe University, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 2 JUL 2012
  2. Published Print: 3 AUG 2012

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470671801

Online ISBN: 9781118381250



  • social wasps and ants as aliens;
  • alien social wasps, ants, biological control agents and invasive pests;
  • social wasps, concern outside natural ranges, occurrence by accident;
  • Vespula (sensu lato) wasps native to Europe, invasiveness and concern;
  • V. pensylvanica in Hawaii, the change to a perennial development;
  • ‘100 of the worst invasive alien species’ and some species of five ant groups;
  • ‘tramp ants’ and impact, ecological disruptions to economic/health effects on people;
  • Australian notorious tramp ants, multisectoral impact of Solenopsis invicta (RIFA);
  • New Zealand invasive ant species, and threat assessment ‘scorecard’;
  • species identification at borders, problematic with DNA barcoding


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Social wasps

  • Ants

  • Current perspective