Spotting the top male: sexually selected signals in male Polistes dominulus wasps

  title={Spotting the top male: sexually selected signals in male Polistes dominulus wasps},
  author={Amanda S. Izzo and Elizabeth A. Tibbetts},
  journal={Animal Behaviour},
The leks of Polistes dominula paper wasps: tiny abdominal spots play a critical role in male attacks toward potential rivals
By conducting a decoy challenge in a natural lek, it is observed that lures with manipulated spot shape received more aggression by territorial males when they had regular than irregular spots, suggesting that males with regular spots were perceived as potentially dangerous rivals.
Sexy Faces in a Male Paper Wasp
It is suggested that sexual selection is a common force in Polistes and the importance of this group as a model for the study of visual communication in insects is highlighted.
Sexually dimorphic traits and male fertility in a paper wasp
The results suggest a condition-dependent trade-off between body size and costly sexual signals in wasp Polistes dominula, a monandric species with a lek-based mating system.
Heightened Condition Dependence of a Sexually Selected Signal in Male Polistes dominulus Paper Wasps
Assessment of signal condition dependence in male Polistes dominulus paper wasps finds that sexually selected signals can be developmentally decoupled from traits comprised of the same pigments, and that this link to condition enables sexual signals to provide information regarding individual quality and provides a mechanism that allows animals to develop signals that accurately reflect their abilities.
Experimental male size manipulation in Polistes dominula paper wasps: being the right size
Both tactics of mate access – patrolling a territory for perched females or intercepting females – were successful, the former more than the latter, whereas size itself was irrelevant to sexual performance and mating success, regardless of the authors' size-bimodal sample.
Close-range cues used by males of Polistes dominula in sex discrimination.
The results indicate that CHCs may be used by males as cues to recognise a potential mating partner in P. dominula, since the focal males displayed specific courtship behaviours exclusively toward females.
The importance of being yellow: visual over chemical cues in gender recognition in a social wasp
This work used laboratory bioassays (lure presentation experiments) to evaluate the ability of Polistes dominula workers to discriminate between individuals of the 2 genders, investigating the relevance of the chemical and visual cues potentially involved in such process.
eview he trap of sex in social insects : From the female to the male erspective
Male behavior in social Hymenoptera is reviewed beyond sex stereotypes: the subtle role of “drones” in the colony, the lack of armaments and ornaments, the explosive mating crowds, the “endurance” race, the cognitive bases of the ‘choosy’ male and his immune defense.


Spotting the top male: sexual selection in a lek-mating paper wasp, Polistes dominulus
The factors associated with individual variation in male cuticular hydrocarbon profiles are examined to explore their potential function and social insect males may use CHCs to mediate social interactions such as mediating competition on leks, but CHCs are unlikely to function in mate attraction.
Bumblebees as model organisms to study male sexual selection in social insects
  • B. Baer
  • Biology
    Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology
  • 2003
It is argued that current paradigms on sexual selection should be challenged by using social insects as model systems, because they offer unique features, and a solid theoretical background in which clear predictions can be made and appropriate experimental tests of them can be designed.
Experimental manipulation shows that the white wing patch in collared flycatchers is a male sexual ornament
Wing patch size is the target of sexual selection in pied and collared flycatchers, but the pathways and the strength of selection on this ornament differed markedly from a previous descriptive study.
The evolution of male traits in social insects.
An evolutionary framework for testing sexual selection and sperm competition theory across the advanced eusocial insects (ants, wasps, bees, termites) is developed and two areas related to premating sexual selection (sexual dimorphism and male mate number) that have remained understudied are highlighted.
Female choice response to artificial selection on an exaggerated male trait in a stalk-eyed fly
Eye span of the largest male in a field aggregation correlated positively with female age, as estimated by amount of eye pigment, and was independent of egg number, thereby providing no evidence that mate choice impairs female survival or fecundity.
Alternative mating tactics in males of Polistes dominulus (Hymenoptera: Vespidae)
Field and laboratory data suggest that R males have an advantage in mating, particularly if they engage in frequent flights while on their territories, and these alternative mating tactics within the same population are combined with behavioural flexibility in some individuals.
Distribution of virgin females influences mate-searching behavior of malepolistes canadensis (L.) (Hymenoptera: Vespidae)
  • M. Polák
  • Biology, Environmental Science
    Journal of Insect Behavior
  • 2005
In Polistes paper wasps, males of some species mate-search at sites where females are concentrated, consistent with the predictions of Emlen and Oring (1977), and P. canadensis seems to pose an exception to the predictions.
Viability costs of male tail ornaments in a swallow
Impaired foraging efficiency of tail-elongated males increased the frequency of fault bars in their tail feathers, probably as a result of food deficiency during moult, thereby causing a fitness loss in terms of delayed breeding and a reduced annual production of offspring resulting from reduced sexual attractiveness during the following year.
Male swarms at landmarks and scramble competition polygyny inPolistes gallicus (Hymenoptera: Vespidae)
At the end of summer, males of Polistes gallicusfly in swarms around vertical landmarks and land in clusters on their favorite perches, where they drag their legs and abdomen. Here males occasionally
Complex male display and female choice in the spotted bowerbird: specialized functions for different bower decorations
  • G. Borgia
  • Environmental Science
    Animal Behaviour
  • 1995
Results from the continuous monitoring of bowers show that a few males account for the majority of matings, the two most common decoration types, bones and glass, explain a large proportion of the variation in male mating success and large inter-bower distances relate to low levels of decoration stealing and bower destruction.