Nestmate recognition in social wasps: the origin and acquisition of recognition odours

  title={Nestmate recognition in social wasps: the origin and acquisition of recognition odours},
  author={George J. Gamboa and H. Kern Reeve and I. Deanna Ferguson and Tracy L. Wacker},
  journal={Animal Behaviour},
Ontogeny of Nestmate Recognition in Social Hymenoptera
By studying the chemical integration strategies of social parasites new insights on the ontogeny of nestmate recognition could be acquired, but further studies are needed to reveal the neural substrates implicated in learning and memory at different stages of social insect life to better understand how and when template formation occurs.
The evolution and ontogeny of nestmate recognition in social wasps
In this review, the evidence for nestmate recognition ability in social wasps is summarized, and the mechanism of female-female nestmates recognition using primitively eusocial wasps (Polistes) as a model is examined.
Nestmate recognition in social insects and the role of hydrocarbons
At the end of the 1990s, the notion that cuticular hydrocarbons act as recognition cues was supported mainly by correlative evidence, but significant progress has been made over the last decade.
Pupal experience and nestmate recognition in Polistes dominula wasps
This work reared worker pupae in artificial conditions and investigated whether young wasps already possess, on their own body, reliable chemical cues to form a recognition template by self-referent phenotype matching, suggesting that wasps do not form their referent template during the pupal stage from the nest paper.
Novel Insights into the Ontogeny of Nestmate Recognition in Polistes Social Wasps
It is shown that workers of Polistes dominula develop correct nestmate recognition abilities soon after emergence even in absence of what have been so far considered the necessary cues (the chemicals spread on nest paper), and that the nest paper is not used as a source of recognition cues to be learned in a specific time window.
Nestmate recognition in ants ( Hymenoptera : Formicidae ) : a review
Models of decision rules and the role of CHCs in nestmate recognition are reviewed, including adjustable thresholds that account for graded responses and intra-colony individual variation in behavioral responses towards non-nestmates are explored.
Species and Colony Components in the Recognition Odor of Young Social Wasps: Their Expression and Learning (Polistes biglumis and P. atrimandibularis; Hymenoptera: Vespidae)
The experiments indicate that immediately upon eclosion both young parasites and young hosts lack a colony odor and that colony odor can be soon acquired from the accepting colony.
Nestmate recognition in a neotropical polygynous wasp
This is the first study to show that the polygynous epiponine wasp is able to distinguish nestmates from non-nestmates, and it is shown that this species exhibits a well functioning nestmate recognition system.


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    Animal Behaviour
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Nestmate and Kin Recognition in Interspecific Mixed Colonies of Ants
The principal mechanism of nestmate recognition in carpenter ants (Camponotus) appears to be odor labels or "discriminators" that originate from the queen and are distributed among, and learned by, all adult colony members.
The origin of the odours by which honeybees distinguish their companions
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    Proceedings of the Royal Society of London. Series B - Biological Sciences
  • 1952
Groups of 20 to 50 foragers from two different honeybee colonies were trained, in turn, to syrup in two dishes 1 to 3 ft. apart. Both groups were then allowed to visit their dish at the same time,
Signature Systems and Kin Recognition
A model that predicts the necessary information capacity of a signature system is developed and tested, and the measured information capacity corresponds well to the prediction and is substantially greater than that of the homologous call of the similar but non-colonial rough-winged swallow.
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  • M. Breed
  • Biology
    Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
  • 1981
A learning curve is presented, showing the time after narcosis required by workers to learn to recognize a new queen, and why the difference between queens and workers may be because of worker and queen recognition cues having different sources.
Genetic Component of Bee Odor in Kin Recognition
The primitively social sweat bee, Lasioglossum zephyrum, blocks the entry into its nest of most conspecifics from other colonies through a genetically determined odor coupled with a learned component by which guard bees discriminate between odors of close kin and other bees.