Lateral Vibrations by Social Wasps Signal Larvae to Withhold Salivary Secretions (Polistes fuscatus, Hymenoptera: Vespidae)

@article{Cummings2004LateralVB,
  title={Lateral Vibrations by Social Wasps Signal Larvae to Withhold Salivary Secretions (Polistes fuscatus, Hymenoptera: Vespidae)},
  author={Danielle Cummings and George J. Gamboa and Bobbi J. Harding},
  journal={Journal of Insect Behavior},
  year={2004},
  volume={12},
  pages={465-473}
}
The communicative meaning of an oscillation (lateral vibration) performed by foundresses of social wasps (Polistes fuscatus) was investigated by sampling larval saliva from 12 postworker, single-foundress colonies and by viewing videotapes of 17 multiple-foundress (139.3 h) and 16 single-foundress (32 h) preworker colonies. Foundresses spent significantly more time inspecting cells before performing a lateral vibration (LV) than after and commonly became inactive after performing an LV. The… CONTINUE READING