Scientists have discovered a new species of wasp in the forests of the Western Ghats. It was identified by a team of scientists consisting of P Girish Kumar and P M Sureshan of the Western Ghats Regional Centre(WGRC) of the Zoological Survey of India(ZSI) and and James M. Carpenter of the American Museum of Natural History, New York.
According to Muhamed Jafer Palot of the Western Ghats Regional Centre (WGRC) of the Zoological Survey of India (ZSI) , Kozhikode, the species belongs to the sub-family of Eumeninae of the family Vespidae. These wasps are only about 6 mm in length. They are harmless and make mud nests.
This species of wasps was seen in a wide range of places in the Western Ghats such as the Malabar Wildlife Sanctuary, Aralam Wildlife Sanctuary, Nilambur forests, and also from Muthappanpuzha of Kozhikode district.
With this discovery, the total number of species of genus ‘Parancistrocerus’ stands at three in Kerala and 11 in India. The details of the new species discovered has been published in the latest issue of the journal ‘Halteres’.