Effect of a foreign male’s age on acceptance into a conspecific colony in a Neotropical wasp
Article first published online: 21 DEC 2006
Volume 9, Issue 4, pages 355–357, December 2006
How to Cite
KUDÔ, K. and ZUCCHI, R. (2006), Effect of a foreign male’s age on acceptance into a conspecific colony in a Neotropical wasp. Entomological Science, 9: 355–357. doi: 10.1111/j.1479-8298.2006.00181.x
- Issue published online: 21 DEC 2006
- Article first published online: 21 DEC 2006
- Received 26 February 2006; accepted 14 August 2006.
- Polybia paulista;
- recognition odor;
- swarm-founding wasp
We conducted field experiments to examine whether young males of different age cohorts were accepted from alien colonies in the swarm-founding wasp Polybia paulista. We showed, as for young females in other social wasp species, that newly emerged males were frequently accepted from alien colonies. Our study suggests that young males of P. paulista acquire colony-specific chemical odors shortly after emergence.