Special Issue "Ecology and Management of Invasive Vespidae"

A special issue of Diversity (ISSN 1424-2818). This special issue belongs to the section "Animal Diversity".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2023 | Viewed by 1157

Special Issue Editors

Independent Researcher, Lanzo Torinese, 10074 Turin, Italy
Interests: invasive species; hornets; Vespidae; ecological modelling; species distribution models; impacts; management; surveillance; citizen science
Academy of Veterinary Sciences of Galicia, E-15707 Santiago, Galicia, Spain
Interests: invasive species; Vespidae; analytical chemistry; public health; epidemiology; biopolymers; beehive products; Vespa velutina; Vespa orientalis; Vespa bicolor; Vespa tropica; One Health
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Diversity Journal is launching a Special Issue dedicated to the “Ecology and Management of Invasive Vespidae”. In the last century, an increasing number of new Vespidae introductions were recorded worldwide, and in some cases these introductions originated invasive populations. Examples of successful invasions are represented by the case of Vespa velutina in Europe or the multiple worldwide introductions of Vespula germanica and Vespula vulgaris. In Spain, within the past twelve years, four non-native Vespidae species have been detected: the yellow-legged Asian hornet (Vespa velutina), the black shield hornet (Vespa bicolor), the American paper wasp (Polistes major) and the Oriental hornet (Vespa orientalis). These invasions can generate massive environmental and socio-economic impacts. When dealing with complicated challenges such as the consequences caused by not-native species of Vespidae, it is necessary to produce, assemble and interpret information and knowledge using diverse sources and in an interdisciplinary way. As part of the One Health philosophy, people and animals, as well as the environment that they share, are closely connected. To prevent Vespidae introductions or mitigate their impacts, surveillance and management practices are required. Therefore, the aim of this Special Issue is to promote research on these topics. We welcome manuscripts on topics including but not limited to:

  • Environmental impacts generated by invasive Vespidae (e.g., impacts on native pollinators and on pollination ecosystem services, competition with native species);
  • One Health and invasive Vespidae;
  • Socio-economic impacts (e.g., issues in human health or activities, costs for the implementation of surveillance/management strategies);
  • Risk assessments or ecological models to forecast future impacts or distributions of invasive Vespidae;
  • Surveillance strategies for monitoring the distribution or supporting the early detection of new introductions, including citizen science approaches;
  • Management strategies (e.g., eradication, control) for preventing and mitigating the impacts of invasive Vespidae.

Dr. Simone Lioy
Dr. Xesús Feás
Guest Editors

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  • invasive Vespidae
  • impacts
  • surveillance
  • eradication
  • control

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Climatic Niche Differentiation between the Invasive Hornet Vespa velutina nigrithorax and Two Native Hornets in Europe, Vespa crabro and Vespa orientalis
Diversity 2023, 15(4), 495; https://doi.org/10.3390/d15040495 - 28 Mar 2023
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The introduction and expansion of the Asian yellow-legged hornet (Vespa velutina nigrithorax) in Europe poses concern for multiple reasons, including biodiversity conservation. In addition to the predation of native insects (e.g., bees and wasps), this species may compete with native hornets [...] Read more.
The introduction and expansion of the Asian yellow-legged hornet (Vespa velutina nigrithorax) in Europe poses concern for multiple reasons, including biodiversity conservation. In addition to the predation of native insects (e.g., bees and wasps), this species may compete with native hornets due to an overlap of their climatic and trophic niches. The aim of this study is to investigate the realised climatic niche of V. v. nigrithorax and its response to climatic conditions and to evaluate the degree of overlap with the niches of the two native Vespa species present in Europe, Vespa crabro and Vespa orientalis. The niches of both native species partially overlap with the niche of the invasive species (Schoener’s D, 0.43 for V. crabro and 0.28 for V. orientalis), although some differences can be detected. V. crabro appears to be more adapted to cold and dry conditions than the invasive species, and V. orientalis is more adapted to arid climates. These differences may provide a competitive advantage to both native species in areas with a lower environmental suitability for V. v. nigrithorax, in the probable event that this species continues to spread, reaching all areas predicted to be suitable in Europe and in the Mediterranean basin. Full article
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Ecology and Management of Invasive Vespidae)
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