Wojciech J. Pulawski

  • Curator Emeritus
  • Entomology
  • PhD

My specialty is the systematics and evolution of solitary wasps family Sphecidae since 1955. In addition to minor papers, I have published essential monographs on Palearctic Tachytes (1962), Palearctic Tachysphex (1971), Palearctic Ammatomus (1973), Neotropical Tachysphex (1974), Australian Tachysphex (1977), Old World Parapiagetia (1977), World Prosopigastra (1979), North American Tachysphex (1988), World Kohliella (1991), World Holotachysphex (1992), World Gastrosericus (1995), African Tachysphex (2007), a book of 698 pages, and world Palarini (2008), the last revision in cooperation with Michael A. Prentice.

 

I have described a total of 308 valid species.

 

I have also created a popular Bibliography of Sphecidae and Catalog of Sphecidae that includes all the described species, their synonyms and homonyms, and most of the subsequent citations.

Habilitate Doctor, Wroclaw University, Poland (1971)
Ph.D, Wroclaw University, Poland (1960)
M.S., Wroclaw University, Poland, Biology (1955)

California Academy of Sciences: Visiting Curator (February 1981 through June 1983), Assistant Curator (July 1983 through June 1984), Associate Curator (1 July 1984 through 30 June 1992, Curator (1 July 1992 to date), Chairman of the Entomology Department (1 March 1983 - 31 Dec 1987, 1 July - 31 Dec 1993, 1 August 1998 through 31 Dec 2000), Acting Chairman (1 November 1992 - April 30, 1993; 15 Feb – 2 Mar 2001); Chairman (1 April 2007 to date).

Wroclaw University, Poland: Teaching Assistant (October-December 1955), Adjunct (January 1956 - April 1973), Assistant Professor (April 1973 - May 1980), Associate Professor (May 1980 - February 1987).

  1. Pulawski, W.J. 1954 (1952), Harpactes exiguus Handl. (Sphecidae, Hymenoptera) - gatunek nowy dla Polski i gatunki pokrewne. Polskie Pismo Entomologiczne 22:101-121.

  2. Pulawski, W.J. 1955 (1953). Astata diversipes, n. sp. (Hym., Sphecid.) une nouvelle espèce de l'Asie du Sud-Ouest. Polskie Pismo Entomologiczne 23:93-96.

  3. Pulawski, W.J. 1955 (1953). Sur la structure de l'abdomen chez les mâles du genre Crabro F., sousgenre Blepharipus Lep. et. Brul. (Hym., Sphecid.). Polskie Pismo Entomologiczne 23:103-106.

  4. Pulawski, W.J. 1956 (1955). Les espèces européennes du genre Astata (Hym., Sphecid.). Polskie Pismo Entomologiczne 25:3-71.

  5. Pulawski, W.J. 1957 (1956). Contribution à la connaissance des espèces paléarctiques du genre Astata (Hym., Sphecid.). Polskie Pismo Entomologiczne 26:81-88.

  6. Pulawski, W.J. 1958 (1957). Sphecidae (Hymenoptera) récoltés pendant un voyage en Bulgarie. Polskie Pismo Entomologiczne 27:161-192.

  7. Pulawski, W.J. 1958 (1957). Deux espèces nouvelles du genre Astata (Hym., Sphecidae) de la Hongrie. Polskie Pismo Entomologiczne 27:194-199.

  8. Pulawski, W.J. 1958. Une espèce paléarctique du genre Diploplectron (Hymenoptera: Sphecidae). Bulletin de la Société Entomologique d’Egypte 42:473-476.

  9. Noskiewicz, J., W. Pulawski, 1958. Klucze do oznaczania owadów Polski. Część XXIV. Błonkówki - Hymenoptera. Zeszyt 55-56. Złotolitki - Chrysididae, Cleptidae. Państwowe Wydawnictwo Naukowe, Warszawa. 64 pp.

  10. Pulawski, W.J. 1959. Espèces nouvelles ou peu connues du genre Astata Latr. (Hym., Sphecid.). Polskie Pismo Entomologiczne 29:359-416.

  11. Noskiewicz, J., W. Pulawski. 1960. Klucze do oznaczania owadów Polski. Część XXIV. Błonkówki - Hymenoptera. Zeszyt 67. Grzebaczowate - Sphecidae. Państwowe Wydawnictwo Naukowe, Warszawa. 184 pp.

  12. Pulawski, W.J. 1961. Remarques sur les Parapiagetia Kohl d'Egypte (Hym., Sphecidae). Polskie
    Pismo Entomologiczne 31:85-92.

  13. Pulawski, W.J. 1961. Sur deux Sphecidae (Hym.) du Liban. Polskie Pismo Entomologiczne 31:93-96.

  14. Pulawski, W.J. 1962. Miscophus lusitanicus thracius n. ssp. (Hym., Sphecidae). Polskie Pismo Entomologiczne 27:207-208.

  15. Pulawski, W.J. 1962. Les Tachytes Panz. de la region paléarctique occidentale et centrale (Hym., Sphecidae). Polskie Pismo Entomologiczne 32:311-475.

  16. Pulawski, W.J. 1963. Klucze do oznaczania owadów Polski. Część XXIV. Błonkówki - Hymenoptera. Zeszyt 57-62. Sapygidae, Scoliidae, Tiphiidae, Methocidae, Myrmosidae, Mutillidae. Państwowe Wydawnictwo Naukowe, Warszawa. 66 pp.

  17. Pulawski, W.J. 1964. Etudes sur les Sphecidae (Hym.) d'Egypte. Polskie Pismo Entomologiczne 34:63-155.

  18. Pulawski, W.J. 1965. Diploplectron asiaticum sp. n. (Hym., Sphecidae). Polskie Pismo Entomologiczne 35:221-224.

  19. Pulawski, W.J. 1965. La structure du premier segment abdominal dans le genre Ammophila K. (Hym., Sphecidae) et ses consequences systématiques. Polskie Pismo Entomologiczne 35:259-262.

  20. Pulawski, W.J. 1965. Sur la synonymie de certains Sphecidae (Hym.) paléarctiques. Polskie Pismo Entomologiczne 35:563-578.

  21. Pulawski, W.J. 1967. Klucze do oznaczania owadów Polski. Czesc XXIV. Blonkówki - Hymenoptera. Zeszyt 64-65. Osowate - Vespidae, Masaridae. Panstwowe Wydawnictwo Naukowe, Warszawa. 84 pp.

  22. Pulawski, W.J. 1967. Hymenoptera from Turkey. - Sphecidae, II (Genera Astata Latreille and Kohl). Bulletin of the British Museum (Natural History) Entomology 19:383-410.

  23. Pulawski, W.J. 1967. Solierella nitraria sp. n. (Hym., Sphecidae). Polskie Pismo Entomologiczne 37:65-68.

  24. Pulawski, W.J. 1967. Ergebnisse der zoologischen Nubien-Expedition 1962. Teil XXXI. Sphecidae (Hymenoptera). Annalen der Nathistorischen Museums Wien 70:387-388.

  25. Pulawski, W.J. 1968. Miscophus heliophilus sp. n. (Hym., Sphecidae). Polskie Pismo Entomologiczne 37:285-287.

  26. Pulawski, W.J. 1970. Astata (Dryudella) aquitana sp. n. (Hym., Sphecidae. Polskie Pismo Entomologiczne 40:105-106.

  27. Pulawski, W.J. 1971. Les Tachysphex Kohl (Hym., Sphecidae) de la région paléarctique occidentale et centrale. Państwowe Wydawnictwo Naukowe, Wrocław. 464 pp.

  28. Pulawski, W.J. 1972. Notes synonymiques sur quatre Sphecidae (Hym.) paléarctiques. Polskie Pismo Entomologiczne 42:817-820.

  29. Pulawski, W.J. 1973. Les Ammatomus A. Costa (Hym., Sphecidae) de la région paléarctique occidentale et centrale. Polskie Pismo Entomologiczne 43:273-288.

  30. de Beaumont, J., H. Bytinski-Salz, and W.J. Pulawski. 1973. Sphecidae (Hymen.) of Erez Israel. III. Subfamilies: Astatinae, Larrinae, Trypoxyloninae, Pemphredoninae, Crabroninae, Oxybelinae. Israel Journal of Entomology 8:1-26.

  31. Pulawski, W.J. 1974. A revision of the Neotropical Tachysphex (Hym., Sphecidae). Polskie Pismo Entomologiczne 44:3-102.

  32. Pulawski, W.J. 1974. Sur un Tachysphex et trois Astata (Hym., Sphecidae) de la région paléarctique occidentale. Polskie Pismo Entomologiczne 44:299-305.

  33. Pulawski, W.J. 1974. Notes sur la biologie de deux Tachysphex rares: T. rugosus Guss. et T. plicosus Costa (Hym., Sphecidae). Polskie Pismo Entomologiczne 44:715-718.

  34. Pulawski, W.J. 1975 (1974). Synonymical Notes on Larrinae and Astatinae (Hymenoptera: Sphecidae). Journal of the Washington Academy of Sciences 64:308-323.

  35. Noskiewicz, J., W. Pulawski. 1974. Fauna słodkowodna Polski. Zeszyt 9. Błonkówki. Hymenoptera. Państwowe Wydawnictwo Naukowe, Warszawa. 124 pp.

  36. Pulawski, W.J. 1975. Two new species of Larrinae (Hym., Sphecidae) from Australia and Tunesia. Polskie Pismo Entomologiczne 45:165-169.

  37. Evans, H.E., R.W. Matthews, W.J. Pulawski. 1976. Notes on the nests and prey of four Australian species of Tachysphex Kohl, with description of a new species, (Hymenoptera, Sphecidae). Journal of the Australian Entomological Society 15:441-445.

  38. Pulawski, W.J. 1977. A synopsis of Tachysphex Kohl (Hym., Sphecidae) of Australia and Oceania. Polskie Pismo Entomologiczne 47:203-332.

  39. Pulawski, W.J. 1977. A revision of the Old World Parapiagetia Kohl (Hymenoptera, Sphecidae). Polskie Pismo Entomologiczne 47:601-669.

  40. Pulavskiy, V.V. 1978. Sphecidae, p. 173-279, in Keys to the Identification of Insects of European USSR, Vol. 3, part 1. Nauka, Leningrad (in Russian).

  41. Pulawski, W.J. 1979. A revision of the World Prosopigastra Costa (Hymenoptera, Sphecidae). Polskie Pismo Entomologiczne 49:3-134.

  42. Pulawski, W.J. 1979. Parapiagetia pubescens, sp. n., and a hitherto unknown female of Parapiagetia subtilis Pulawski (Hymenoptera, Sphecidae). Polskie Pismo Entomologiczne 49:135-137.

  43. Pulawski, W.J. 1979. Two new synonyms in Transcaspian Sphecidae (Hymenoptera). Polskie Pismo Entomologiczne 49:303-304.

  44. Pulawski, W.J. 1979. Two new Dienoplus from Turkey (Hymenoptera, Sphecidae). Polskie Pismo Entomologiczne 49:475-480.

  45. Pulawski, W.J., A.P. Rasnitsyn. 1980. On the taxonomic position of Hoplisus sepultus Cockerell, 1906, from the Lower Oligocene of Colorado (Hymenoptera, Sphecidae). Polskie Pismo Entomologiczne 50:393-396.

  46. Pulawski, W.J. 1981. New synonyms in Old World Sphecidae (Hymenoptera). Mitteilungen der Schweizerischen Entomologischen Gesellschaft 54:363-366.

  47. Pulawski, W.J. 1982. New species of North American Tachysphex wasps (Hymenoptera, Sphecidae). Proceedings of the California Academy of Sciences 43:27-42.

  48. Pulawski, W.J. 1983. Identification and synonymies of two western Palearctic Cerceris: maculata Radoszkowski and hathor n. sp. (Hymenoptera: Sphecidae). Pan-Pacific Entomol. 59:240-245.

  49. Pulawski, W.J. 1984. The status of Trypoxylon figulus (Linnaeus, 1758), medium de Beaumont, 1945, and minus de Beaumont, 1945 (Hymenoptera: Sphecidae). Proceedings of the California Academy of Sciences 43:123-140.

  50. Pulawski, W.J. 1985. Harpactus Shuckard, 1837, the valid name for the genus currently called Dienoplus Fox, 1894 (Hymenoptera: Sphecidae). Systematic Entomology 10:59-63.

  51. Krombein, K.V., and W.J. Pulawski. 1986. Biosystematic studies of Ceylonese wasps, XVI: A Revision of Gastrosericus Spinola (Hymenoptera: Sphecoidea: Larridae). Smithsonian Contributions to Zoology No. 436:i-iii, 1-20.

  52. Pulawski, W.J. 1986. Tachysphex peruanus, a new species related to Tachysphex galapagensis Williams (Hymenoptera: Sphecidae). Pan-Pacific Entomologist 62:95-98.

  53. Pulawski, W.J. 1988. Revision of North American Tachysphex wasps including Central American and Caribbean species (Hymenoptera: Sphecidae. Memoirs of the California Academy of Sciences 10:1-211.

  54. Pulawski, W.J. 1988. Vespa triangulum Fabricius, 1775 (currently Philanthus triangulum, Insecta, Hymenoptera): proposed conservation of the specific name. Bulletin of Zoological Nomenclature 45:34-35.

  55. Antropov, A.V., and W.J. Pulawski. 1989. A new species of Pison from Baltic amber (Hymenoptera: Sphecidae). The Pan-Pacific Entomologist 65:312-318.

  56. Pulawski, W.J. 1989. Sericophorus rhinoceros, a new species from New Caledonia (Hymenoptera: Sphecidae). The Pan-Pacific Entomologist 65:319-321.

  57. Pulawski, W.J. 1989. Pison nogorombu, a new species from Papua New Guinea (Hymenoptera: Sphecidae). The Pan-Pacific Entomologist 65:468-475.

  58. Pulawski, W.J. 1991. A new species of Odontosphex from Namibia (Hymenoptera: Sphecidae). Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington 93 (4):953-955.

  59. Pulawski, W.J. 1991. A revision of the wasp genus Kohliella (Hymenoptera: Sphecidae). Proceedings of the California Academy of Sciences 47 (10):289-302.
  60. Pulawski, W.J. 1992. World species of the wasp genus Holotachysphex de Beaumont (Hymenoptera: Sphecidae). Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington 94 (2):223-242.
  61. Pulawski, W.J. 1991. A review of Eremiasphecium Kohl, 1897 (Hymenoptera: Sphecidae). Entomofauna 13:397-408.
  62. Pulawski, W.J., and H.K. Court. 1992. A review of the genus Hingstoniola (Hymenoptera: Sphecidae: Crabroninae). Journal of Hymenoptera Research 1:255-260.
  63. Krombein, K.V., and W.J. Pulawski. 1994. Biosystematic studies of Ceylonese wasps, XX: a revision of Tachysphex Kohl, 1883, with notes on other Oriental species (Hymenoptera: Sphecidae: Larrinae). Smithsonian Contributions to Zoology 552:1-106.
  64. Pulawski, W.J. 1994. (Dec.). K. Tsuneki types of Hymenoptera, all Sphecidae, in the California Academy of Sciences entomology collection (as of 28 November 1994). Sphecos 28:27.
  65. Pulawski, W.J. 1995a. (25 Sept.). The wasp genus Tachytella Brauns, 1906 (Hymenoptera: Sphecidae). Journal of Hymenoptera Research 4:121-136.
  66. Pulawski, W.J. 1995b. (23 Oct.). The wasp genus Gastrosericus Spinola, 1839 (Hymenoptera: Sphecidae). Memoirs of the California Academy of Sciences 18:i-VI, 1-173.
  67. Antropov, A.V., and W.J. Pulawski. 1996 (Aug.). Pison antiquum, a new species from Dominican amber (Hymenoptera: Sphecidae). Journal of Hymenoptera Research 5:16-21.
  68. Pulawski, W.J. 1997 (20 Oct.). A review of New Guinean Ochleroptera Holmberg 1903 (Hymenoptera: Sphecidae). Journal of Hymenoptera Research 6:256-262.
  69. Rasnitsyn, A.P., W.J. Pulawski, and X. Martînez-Delclòs. 1999. Cretaeous digger wasps of the new genus Bestiola Pulawski and Rasnitsyn (Hymenoptera: Sphecidae: Angarosphecinae). Journal of Hymenoptera Research 8:23-34.
  70. Menke, A.S., and W.J. Pulawski. 2000. A review of the Sphex flavipennis species group (Hymenoptera: Apoidea: Sphecidae: Sphecini). Journal of Hymenoptera Research 9:324-346.
  71. Pulawski, W.J. 2000. Didineis massaica, new species, the first Afrotropical member of the genus, and redescription of Didineis nigricans Morice, 1911 (Hymenoptera: Apoidea: Crabronidae: Bembicinae). Journal of Hymenoptera Research 9:347-351.
  72. Pulawski, W.J., and I.M. Kerzhner. 2001. Article 74.7.3 of the Code: proposed deletion. Zoosystematica Rossica 10:1-7.
  73. Menke, A.S., and W.J. Pulawski. 2002. Authorship of the family-group names Palarini and Xenosphecini (Hymenoptera: Apoide: Crabronidae). Journal of Hymenoptera Research 11:366-367.
  74. Pulawski, W.J. 2003a. Prosopigastra morogoro, a new species from Tanzania (Hymenoptera: Apoidea: Crabronidae: Larrini). Journal of Hymenoptera Research 12:303-307.
  75. Pulawski, W.J. 2003. Hymenoptera: Heterogynaidae, Ampulicidae, Sphecidae, and Crabronidae: apoid wasps, pp. 793-810 in: S.M. Goodman and J.P. Benstead. The natural history of Madagascar. The University of Chicago Press, Chicago and London. 1079 pp.
  76. Prentice M.A., and W.J. Pulawski. 2004. Pseudoscolia aequatoria new species, the first sub-Saharan member of the genus (Hymenoptera: Apoidea: Crabronidae). Journal of the Kansas Entomological Society 77:377-382.
  77. Pulawski, W.J. 2006. Nomenclatural changes in Old World Crabronidae (Hymenoptera), with taxonomic comments and new distribution records. Journal of Hymenoptera Research 15:164-170.
  78. Pulawski, W.J. 2007a. The wasp genus Tachysphex Kohl, 1883, of Sahara, sub-Saharan Africa, the Arabian Peninsula, and Madagascar (Hymenoptera: Apoidea: Crabronidae). Proceedings of the California Academy of Sciences (Fourth Series) 58, Supplement 1:1-698.
  79. Pulawski, W.J. 2007. (Oct.). The status of Liris magnificus Kohl, 1884, and Trichogorytes costaricae R. Bohart, 2000 (Hymenoptera: Crabronidae: Bembicinae). Journal of Hymenoptera Research 16:293-296.

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