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Isolation and characterization of 10 microsatellite loci in the paper wasp Polistes rothneyi (Hymenoptera; Vespidae)
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10 polymorphic microsatellite loci for the Japanese paper wasp Polistes rothneyi are developed using the magnetic particle method and can be used to study parameters concerning genetic relatedness such as worker reproduction and kin structure.
Gonadotropic effects of dopamine in isolated workers of the primitively eusocial wasp, Polistes chinensis
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Ovarian development was accelerated in dopamine-fed workers as compared to control workers of the same age fed only sucrose solution, indicating that dopamine plays a gonadotropic role in isolated workers in the primitively eusocial wasp, similar to the gonadotrop role previously reported for juvenile hormone.
Reproductive interference by alien hornet Vespa velutina threatens the native populations of Vespa simillima in Japan
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Analysis of the mitochondrial cytochrome c oxidase subunit I gene showed that the alien V. velutina causes reproductive interference in Japanese native hornet Vespa simillima, suggesting that reproductive interference by V. Velutina males poses a threat to the native V. Simillima populations.
Orphaning does not affect the colony productivity of the primitive eusocial wasp Polistes snelleni
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The results suggest that the reproductive potential of the successive queens in the orphans is not lower than that of the foundress queens, and that the productivity of the orphan colonies is maintained rather than causing potential conflict over direct reproduction among workers.
Detecting crucial dispersal pathways using a virtual ecology approach: A case study of the mirid bug Stenotus rubrovittatus
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This work developed a dispersal model based on cellular automata for the pest insect Stenotus rubrovittatus and simulated its expansion, and found that both road density and abandoned area models had prediction accuracy.
Reproductivity of early males of the temperate paper wasp Polistes rothneyi iwatai
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Results suggest that although most early males of P. rothneyi iwatai do not produce offspring, their mating may be linked to the occasional production of triploid females.
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