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Online ISSN: 1479-8298

The Biology and Ecology of Social Wasps Virtual Issue


The Biology and Ecology of Social Wasps

Edited by Raghavendra Gadagkar, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India

I am delighted to introduce this virtual special issue of Entomological Science on the “Biology and Ecology of Social Wasps”. Social wasps contribute exemplary model systems for the study of number of aspects of biology including ecology, biogeography, behaviour, physiology and evolution. In spite of considerable interest in the study of social wasps, we appear to have barely scratched the surface in utilising these model systems. Much treasure remains to be unearthed and it is my hope that the papers in this special issue will inspire and guide a new generation of researchers.

The papers in this special issue concern foraging behaviour, describing species and organising their taxonomy, understanding their colony and nesting cycles in relation to the environment, behavioural interactions among wasps that nest together, the use of molecular techniques to study the sociobiology of wasps, understanding the effect of age in males and exploring the remarkable abilities of the wasps in controlling and maintaining their microenvironment.

I believe that reading the papers of this special issue will not only inspire but also equip young naturalists to continue the task and enjoy the benefits of the study of social wasps in their (rapidly disappearing) natural habitats.

Social wasps and bees captured in carrion traps in a rainforest in Brazil.
Silveira, O. T., M. C. Esposito, et al. (2005)
Entomological Science 8(1): 33-39.

Taxonomy and biogeography of Australian species of the Ropalidia stigma group and R. variegata group (Hymenoptera: Vespidae).
Saito, F. and J.-i. Kojima (2005)
Entomological Science 8(2): 179-188.

Taxonomy, distribution and nesting biology of species of the genus Dolichovespula (Hymenoptera, Vespidae).
Archer, M. E. (2006)
Entomological Science 9(3): 281-293.

Taxonomic notes on the paper wasps of the genus Ropalidia in the Indian subcontinent (Hymenoptera: Vespidae)
Kojima, J.-i., K. Lambert, et al. (2007)
Entomological Science 10(4): 373-393.

Colony cycle in the south-eastern coastal populations of Ropalidia plebeiana, the only Ropalidia wasp occurring in temperate Australia.
Saito, F. and J.-i. Kojima (2005)
Entomological Science 8(3): 263-275.

Demography of the Okinawan eusocial wasp Ropalidia fasciata (Hymenoptera: Vespidae) I. Survival rate of individuals and colonies, and yearly fluctuations in colony density.
ItÔ, Y. and E. Kasuya (2005)
Entomological Science 8(1): 41-64.

Demography of the Okinawan eusocial wasp Ropalidia fasciata (Hymenoptera: Vespidae) II. Effects of foundress group size on survival rates of colonies and foundresses, and production of progeny.
ItÔ, Y. and T. Itioka (2008)
Entomological Science 11(1): 17-30.

Early-season colony development of the paper wasp Ropalidia plebeiana (Hymenoptera: Vespidae) in Canberra, Australia.
Oberprieler, S. K. and J. P. Spradbery (2009)
Entomological Science 12(2): 202-207.

Foundress behaviors and interactions in polygynous colonies of the haplometrotic Japanese paper wasp Polistes snelleni (Hymenoptera: Vespidae).
Sayama, K. (2006)
Entomological Science 9(4): 377-381.

Polymorphic microsatellite loci for the swarm-founding wasp Polybia paulista (Hymenoptera: Vespidae).
KudÔ, K., N. Ishiguro, et al. (2005)
Entomological Science 8(1): 5-7.

Application of microsatellite primers for the social wasp Polistes to another social wasp genus, Parapolybia, to estimate genetic relationships among nestmates.
Katada, S. i., T. Suzuki, et al. (2007)
Entomological Science 10(1): 1-5.

Effect of a foreign male’s age on acceptance into a conspecific colony in a Neotropical wasp.Effect of a foreign male’s age on acceptance into a conspecific colony in a Neotropical wasp.
KudÔ, K. and R. Zucchi (2006)
Entomological Science 9(4): 355-357.

Mating structure and male production in Vespa analis and Vespa simillima (Hymenoptera: Vespidae).
Takahashi, J.-i., Y. Inomata, et al. (2007)
Entomological Science 10(3): 223-229.

How does a colony of Apoica flavissima (Hymenoptera: Vespidae, Epiponini) maintain a constant temperature?
Yamane, S., S. Mateus, et al. (2009)
Entomological Science 12(3): 341-345.

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