Abdomen stroking behaviour and its possible functions in Polistes dominulus (christ) (hymenoptera, vespidae)

@article{Dani1992AbdomenSB,
  title={Abdomen stroking behaviour and its possible functions in Polistes dominulus (christ) (hymenoptera, vespidae)},
  author={F. Dani and R. Cervo and S. Turillazzi},
  journal={Behavioural Processes},
  year={1992},
  volume={28},
  pages={51-58}
}
The behaviour of stroking the abdomen over the nest surface has previously been described in females of only a few Polistes wasp species, and was considered to be associated with pheromonal release. This study examines abdomen stroking in solitary and multiple female laboratory colonies of Polistes dominulus during the pre-emergence period. In multiple female colonies stroking behaviour is related to hierarchy: alpha females stroking more than subordinates. However, after removal of the… Expand
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