Determinants of immature brood and nest recognition in a stenogastrine wasp (Hymenoptera Vespidae)

  title={Determinants of immature brood and nest recognition in a stenogastrine wasp (Hymenoptera Vespidae)},
  author={S. Turillazzi and D. Fanelli and P. Theodora and D. Lambardi and I. Ortolani and R. Hashim and D. Baracchi},
  journal={Ethology Ecology \& Evolution},
  pages={17 - 33}
Parischnogaster mellyi is a common species of hover wasp which lives in the Oriental Region. In this research we wanted to achieve a deeper understanding of some aspects of its social biology and chemical ecology considering the composition of colonies, the reproductive potential of the female nest-mates, the chemical similarities between the adult cuticular hydrocarbons, the nest paper, the Dufour's gland secretion of the females and the pap placed on the eggs as a support for larval… Expand
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