Males of the social wasp Ropalidia marginata can feed larvae, given an opportunity

  title={Males of the social wasp Ropalidia marginata can feed larvae, given an opportunity},
  author={R. Sen and R. Gadagkar},
  journal={Animal Behaviour},
  • R. Sen, R. Gadagkar
  • Published 2006
  • Biology
  • Animal Behaviour
  • A striking feature of hymenopteran societies is the general absence of male workers. There are some reports of males feeding larvae in some social wasps, but not in the extensively studied Ropalidia marginata. By providing excess food and by removing the females, we investigated whether males are incapable of feeding larvae or lack opportunities to do so. Males fed larvae with probabilities and rates comparable to those of females, suggesting that lack of preadaptation to feed larvae does not… CONTINUE READING

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