Rank and epicuticular hydrocarbons in different populations of the paper wasp Polistes dominulus (Christ) (Hymenoptera, Vespidae)

@article{Dapporto2004RankAE,
  title={Rank and epicuticular hydrocarbons in different populations of the paper wasp Polistes dominulus (Christ) (Hymenoptera, Vespidae)},
  author={Leonardo Dapporto and Pascal Theodora and C. Spacchini and Giuseppe Pieraccini and Stefano Turillazzi},
  journal={Insectes Sociaux},
  year={2004},
  volume={51},
  pages={279-286}
}
Several studies of social insects have shown that epicuticular hydrocarbons are involved in recognition. The hypothesis is that the animals can use differences in chemical composition to acquire information about conspecific status (sex, colony, reproductive status or caste recognition). In this study, we searched for differences between the epicuticular profiles of alpha and beta co-foundresses in Polistes dominulus (Christ) colonies from three separate localities. Our aim was to identify… CONTINUE READING
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