Parasitoid induced digging behaviour in bumblebee workers

  title={Parasitoid induced digging behaviour in bumblebee workers},
  author={Christine B. M{\"u}ller},
  journal={Animal Behaviour},
  • C. Müller
  • Published 1 October 1994
  • Biology
  • Animal Behaviour
Abstract Abstract. Insects affected by parasitoids can alter their behaviour after infection; however, it is not always obvious whether the changed behaviour increases the fitness of the host or the fitness of the parasitoid. Workers of Bombus terrestris containing an endoparasitoid larva (Diptera: Conopidae) dug into the soil before they died. This digging behaviour resulted in the selection of a protected hibernation site for the parasitoid pupa and represented a selective advantage for the… 
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