Males do not like the working class: male sexual preference and recognition of functional castes in a primitively eusocial wasp

  title={Males do not like the working class: male sexual preference and recognition of functional castes in a primitively eusocial wasp},
  author={Federico Cappa and Claudia Bruschini and Rita Cervo and Stefano Turillazzi and Laura Beani},
  journal={Animal Behaviour},
Sexually dimorphic traits and male fertility in a paper wasp
The results suggest a condition-dependent trade-off between body size and costly sexual signals in wasp Polistes dominula, a monandric species with a lek-based mating system.
The importance of being yellow: visual over chemical cues in gender recognition in a social wasp
This work used laboratory bioassays (lure presentation experiments) to evaluate the ability of Polistes dominula workers to discriminate between individuals of the 2 genders, investigating the relevance of the chemical and visual cues potentially involved in such process.
eview he trap of sex in social insects : From the female to the male erspective
Male behavior in social Hymenoptera is reviewed beyond sex stereotypes: the subtle role of “drones” in the colony, the lack of armaments and ornaments, the explosive mating crowds, the “endurance” race, the cognitive bases of the ‘choosy’ male and his immune defense.
Close-range cues used by males of Polistes dominula in sex discrimination.
The results indicate that CHCs may be used by males as cues to recognise a potential mating partner in P. dominula, since the focal males displayed specific courtship behaviours exclusively toward females.
No Evidence of Intersexual Kin Recognition by Males of the Neotropical Paper Wasp Polistes versicolor
It is suggested that in the natural mating habitat of the native population that the authors studied, in which many colonies were able to produce males and reproductive females in a short time window, the probability of finding related sexual partners was low, hence, intersexual kin discrimination did not evolve.
Caste, sex, and parasitism influence brain plasticity in a social wasp
This work uses the social wasp Polistes dominula to explore if brain plasticity is influenced by caste and sex, and the exploitation by the parasite Xenos vesparum, and that the parasite’s manipulation can also drive differential allocation of brain regions depending on host sex.
Males and females of the social wasp Ropalidia marginata do not differ in their cuticular hydrocarbon profiles and do not seem to use any long-distance volatile mate attraction cues
A behavioral assay failed to show presence of mate attraction at a distance, thereby showing the absence of volatile long-distance mate attraction cues (that may originate from sources other than and in addition to CHCs).
Sexy Faces in a Male Paper Wasp
It is suggested that sexual selection is a common force in Polistes and the importance of this group as a model for the study of visual communication in insects is highlighted.
The Choice of Sexual Partner in Social Wasps
This chapter discusses the reasons why wasps are good models for studying sexual selection, and describes the different criteria that wasps use during the mate choice.


Males, but not females, mate with multiple partners: a laboratory study of a primitively eusocial wasp Ropalidia marginata
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The evolution of male traits in social insects.
An evolutionary framework for testing sexual selection and sperm competition theory across the advanced eusocial insects (ants, wasps, bees, termites) is developed and two areas related to premating sexual selection (sexual dimorphism and male mate number) that have remained understudied are highlighted.
Bumblebees as model organisms to study male sexual selection in social insects
  • B. Baer
  • Biology
    Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology
  • 2003
It is argued that current paradigms on sexual selection should be challenged by using social insects as model systems, because they offer unique features, and a solid theoretical background in which clear predictions can be made and appropriate experimental tests of them can be designed.
Mutual sexual selection in a monogamous seabird
The results of a study of mate preferences of the crested auklet Aethla cristatella, a monogamous seabird in which both sexes are ornamented, confirm the idea that ornaments expressed in both sexes could be favoured by mutual mating preferences.
Variance in female quality, operational sex ratio and male mate choice in a bushcricket
The results show that the opportunity for selection via male mate choice is influenced by an interaction between OSR and the variance in mate quality that arises within nutrient-limited populations of females.
Male choice
Male preference for large females as mates was demonstrated in the wood-boring weevil, Brentus anchorago by observation and by mate choice experiments in which the complicating factor of male rivalry was eliminated.
Male choice for current female fecundity in a polyandrous egg-carrying bug
Male choice and costs of courting in the egg-carrying golden egg bug, Phyllomorpha laciniata Vill, is studied to select females relative to immediate benefits in polyandrous species.
Distribution of virgin females influences mate-searching behavior of malepolistes canadensis (L.) (Hymenoptera: Vespidae)
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  • Biology, Environmental Science
    Journal of Insect Behavior
  • 2005
In Polistes paper wasps, males of some species mate-search at sites where females are concentrated, consistent with the predictions of Emlen and Oring (1977), and P. canadensis seems to pose an exception to the predictions.
Strategic male mating effort and cryptic male choice in a scorpionfly
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