Lying on the dorsum: unique host-attacking behaviour of Zatypota albicoxa (Hymenoptera, Ichneumonidae)

@article{Takasuka2010LyingOT,
  title={Lying on the dorsum: unique host-attacking behaviour of Zatypota albicoxa (Hymenoptera, Ichneumonidae)},
  author={Keizo Takasuka and Rikio Matsumoto},
  journal={Journal of Ethology},
  year={2010},
  volume={29},
  pages={203-207}
}
Unique host enticing behaviour has been observed for the first time in Zatypota albicoxa (Walker), which parasitizes the house spider, Parasteatoda tepidariorum (Koch), which weaves irregular, three-dimensional webs. One female wasp lay on her dorsum on the floor and grasped one of the vertical gumfoot threads with her legs (reclining-style). The wasp picked the thread with her legs, feigning a captured and struggling prey. Although this behaviour seems to be a variety of the ambush style, it… CONTINUE READING