Determinants of immature brood and nest recognition in a stenogastrine wasp (Hymenoptera Vespidae)

Hashim, Rosli and Baracchi, D. and Turillazzi, S. and Fanelli, D. and Theodora, P. and Lambardi, D. and Ortolani, I. (2008) Determinants of immature brood and nest recognition in a stenogastrine wasp (Hymenoptera Vespidae). Ethology Ecology & Evolution, 20 (1). pp. 17-33. ISSN 0394-9370,

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Parischnogaster mellyi is a common species of hover wasp which lives in the Oriental Region. In this research we wanted to achieve a deeper understanding of some aspects of its social biology and chemical ecology considering the composition of colonies, the reproductive potential of the female nest-mates, the chemical similarities between the adult cuticular hydrocarbons, the nest paper, the Dufour's gland secretion of the females and the pap placed on the eggs as a support for larval development. We were able to assess with nest exchange experiments that this species is capable of immature brood recognition. Neither the pap placed on eggs, nor the nest odour are used in this recognition process, despite the potential discrimination cues shown by chemical analyses.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Institute of Biological Sciences, Faculty of Science Building, University of Malaya, 50603 Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA
Uncontrolled Keywords: Recognition, Hover wasps, Parischnogaster, Dufour's gland secretion, Cuticular hydrocarbons, Parischnogaster-mellyi saussure, Social wasp, Liostenogaster-flavolineata, Polistes-dominulus, Hover-wasp, Behavior, animal Kin, Discrimination, Hydrocarbons, Secretion
Subjects: Q Science > QH Natural history > QH301 Biology
Divisions: Faculty of Science > Institute of Biological Sciences
Depositing User: Miss Malisa Diana
Date Deposited: 02 Sep 2013 02:22
Last Modified: 24 Jan 2019 09:16

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