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Nestmate recognition in social wasps: the origin and acquisition of recognition odours
Kin recognition in eusocial wasps
- G. Gamboa
This review summarizes the current understanding of kin, brood, and nest recognition ability in social wasps and its underlying mechanism, relying primarily on paper wasps (Polistes) as a model system.
The comparative biology of two sympatric paper wasps in Michigan, the native Polistes fuscatus and the invasive Polistes dominulus (Hymenoptera, Vespidae)
- G. Gamboa, M. Noble, M. C. Thom, J. L. Togal, R. Srinivasan, B. Murphy
- Biology, Environmental ScienceInsectes Sociaux
- 1 March 2002
The biology of the invasive Polistes dominulus and the native P. fuscatus was compared at a field site in Rochester, Michigan over a two-year period and found that P. dominulus is likely replacing P.fuscatus in many areas of southeastern Michigan via indirect or exploitative competition.
Genetics, behavior and ecology of a paper wasp invasion : Polistes dominulus in North America
A review of this ongoing invasion of the European paper wasp Polistes dominulus into North America in terms of population genetic variation in P. dominulus, and data from comparative studies where the two species are sympatric and possible mechanisms contributing to the differences between them is reviewed.
The evolution and ontogeny of nestmate recognition in social wasps
In this review, the evidence for nestmate recognition ability in social wasps is summarized, and the mechanism of female-female nestmates recognition using primitively eusocial wasps (Polistes) as a model is examined.
Queen regulation of worker foraging in paper wasps: a social feedback control system (Polistes fuscatus, Hymenoptera: Vespidae)
Evidence that the queen's control of worker foraging is mediated primarily by her influence on worker nest activity is presented, and queen aggression may be important in stimulating departures by workers with low tendencies to leave the nest is integrated with evidence from other studies of polistine colony dynamics in a feedback control model of the social regulation of foraging.
The comparative biology of two sympatric paper wasps, the native Polistes fuscatus and the invasive Polistes dominulus (Hymenoptera, Vespidae)
Polistes dominulus (Christ), an old world paper wasp, was introduced accidentally into the eastern coast of the United States in the late 1970s and has been rapidly spreading westward, displacing the native P. fuscatus (F.) through exploitative competition.
The Effect of a Wasp's Age on Its Cuticular Hydrocarbon Profile and Its Tolerance by Nestmate and Non-Nestmate Conspecifics (Polistes fuscatus, Hymenoptera: Vespidae)
The authors' behavioral and chemical evidence indicates that wasps begin to develop a colony signature between 2 and 3 d of age, and mature females were significantly more tolerant of (and significantly more likely to accept) 72 h-old nestmates than 72-h old non-nestmates.
Cuticular hydrocarbons of the paper wasp,Polistes fuscatus: A search for recognition pheromones
- K. Espelie, G. Gamboa, T. A. Grudzien, Elizabeth A. Bura
- BiologyJournal of Chemical Ecology
- 1 July 1994
Three of the 20 identified hydrocarbons had properties postulated for recognition pheromones: colony specificity, efficacy in assigning wasps to the appropriate colony, heritability, lack of differences between foundresses and workers, and distinctive stereochemistry.
A ten-year comparative study of the population dynamics and parasitoidism in the native paper wasp Polistes fuscatus and the invasive P.dominulus
Historical evidence indicates that the parasitoid, D. cavus, is a major factor in stabilizing the populations of the sympatric P. dominulus and P. fuscatus, and the historical pattern of decreasing displacement of P. domulus corresponded temporally with a significant decline in the productivity and a significant increase in Dibrachys cavus infestation.