Intraspecif c Nest Adoption by a Foundress of Polistes jokahamae who Abandoned the Nest Containing her Own Brood (Hymenoptera: Vespidae) (Hymenoptera: Vespidae)
[Intraspezifische Nestübernahme durch eine Nestgründerin von Polistes jokahamae, die das ihre eigene Brut enthaltende Nest aufgab]
Wataru, O.; Kazuyuki, K.
An incident of intraspecific nest adoption involving the Japanese paper wasp Polistes jokahamae (Radoszkowski 1887) is described, in which a foundress moved to a nearby nest after leaving her original nest which contained a healthy brood. The adopted nest had been abandoned or orphaned within the previous two days. The developmental status of the broods were similar in the two nests, but the adopted nest contained more old larvae than her original nest. As such adoption has only been reported in two cases involving a Japanese paper wasp, the incident described in this present paper will signif cantly increase the understanding of the nest adoption behavior of paper wasps during the colony founding stage.