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Behavioural Interactions between the Social Parasite Sulcopolistes atrimandibularis and its Host Polistes biglumis (Hymenoptera: Vespidae)

[Verhaltensbeziehungen zwischen dem Sozialschmarotzer Sulcopolistes atrimandibularis und seinem Wirt Polistes biglumis (Hymenoptera : Vespidae)]

Schwammberger, Karl-Heinz

Entomologia Generalis Volume 22 Number 1 (1997), p. 13 - 18

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published: Aug 1, 1997

DOI: 10.1127/entom.gen/22/1997/13

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The parasitic wasp species S atrimandibularis (Zimmermann 1930) invades nests of P biglumis (Linnaeus 1758) by means of a defensive strategy. Successful parasites succeed in taking prey or parts of it from the host FF, chew it, and return it to the host. The Polistes F stops laying eggs 1 - 3 days later while the parasite starts to release eggs within 3 - 5 days, after having returned chewed prey to the host queen. It is assumed that S atrimandibularis releases a substance into the prey that inhibits the reproductive capacity of P biglumis.


Dominance behaviourhead gland secretionPolistinaereproductive capacitysocial parasitism