Larval sex identification in the paper wasp Polistes dominulus (Vespidae, Hymenoptera)

@article{Cotoneschi2007LarvalSI,
  title={Larval sex identification in the paper wasp Polistes dominulus (Vespidae, Hymenoptera)},
  author={Chiara Cotoneschi and Francesca Scognamiglio and Clea Scala and Rita Cervo and Joan E. Strassmann and Stefano Turillazzi},
  journal={Insectes Sociaux},
  year={2007},
  volume={54},
  pages={132-135}
}
Abstract.Identifying the sex of larvae is important in social Hymenoptera. Until now for Polistes wasps it has been necessary to genotype larvae at microsatellite loci, and assign their sex based on homozygosity at these loci. In our study on the paper wasp Polistes dominulus we have found morphological differences between larval sexes that can be used for larvae from the 3rd instar on to easily and cheaply identify larval sex: the external gonopore and the shape and size of larval gonads. The… Expand

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