A Review of Nesting Behavior of Digger Wasps of the Genus Aphilanthops, With Special Attention To the Mechanics of Prey Carriage

@article{Evans1962ARO,
  title={A Review of Nesting Behavior of Digger Wasps of the Genus Aphilanthops, With Special Attention To the Mechanics of Prey Carriage},
  author={H. Evans},
  journal={Behaviour},
  year={1962},
  volume={19},
  pages={239-260}
}
The digger wasp genus Aphilanthops is divisible into three subgenera. Two species of the subgenus Aphilanthops are known to prey upon winged queen ants of the genus Formica. One of these species, frigidus, has been studied in some detail by WHEELER and by the present writer. In carrying the ant, the female grasps the antennae with her mandibles and holds the ant's body beneath her with her legs. The ants are stored at the bottom of the burrow, where the wings are removed; later they are moved… Expand
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