The Polistes Foundation, a 501-c-3 non-profit organization
established in 2002 to support Discover Life, is the center's legal umbrella and fiduciary.
This foundation was awarded permanent standing by the I.R.S. in 2007. It charges only 5%
indirect costs on all funds that it handles, spending 95% on the research and education activities
of Discover Life, its center, and partners.
If you wish to make a charitable donation to the Polistes Foundation to support the activities described below, please
The Polistes Foundation
133 Washington Street
Belmont, MA 02478
Photograph by Gary Alpert
Solenopsis geminata (Fabricius, 1804)
Native to the southern United States and Central America,
this fire ant has invaded many parts of the world (see map).