Prevalence of the parasite Strepsiptera in Polistes as detected by dissection of immatures

@article{Hughes2003PrevalenceOT,
  title={Prevalence of the parasite Strepsiptera in Polistes as detected by dissection of immatures},
  author={David P Hughes and Laura Beani and Stefano Turillazzi and Jeyaraney Kathirithamby},
  journal={Insectes Sociaux},
  year={2003},
  volume={50},
  pages={62-68}
}
Summary. hough the paper wasp genus, Polistes, is well studied, we know little of the incidence of parasitism in this group. Here we present details of 45 nest dissections for 4 species: P. dominulus (Christ), P. gallicus (L.), P. stabilinus Richards and P. carnifex (F.) to detail levels of parasitism of colony members by the obligate parasitic group of insects, the Strepsiptera. All 4 species showed evidence of parasitism among immature members. For 3 species, more than 50% of inspected nests… 
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