Vespa tropica, the greater banded hornet, is a tropical species of hornet found in Southeast Asia, and commonly found in west Africa, from Afghanistan to New Guinea. It is medium in size; the worker's length is of about 25 mm. The head is dark brown/red; the abdomen is black with a large yellow stripe. Predation by V. tropica is one of the foremost causes of colony failure in P. chinensis in Japan. V. tropica may play a significant role in controlling Asian polistene populations. 
- Miyano, Shinya (1980). "Life tables of colonies and workers in a paper wasp, Polistes chinensis antennalis in central Japan". Population Ecology 22: 69–88.
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