The accumulation of a chemical cue: nest-entrance trail in the German yellowjacket, Vespula germanica

@article{Jandt2005TheAO,
  title={The accumulation of a chemical cue: nest-entrance trail in the German yellowjacket, Vespula germanica},
  author={Jennifer M Jandt and C. O. L. Ian Curry and Sarah J Hemauer and Robert L Jeanne},
  journal={Naturwissenschaften},
  year={2005},
  volume={92},
  pages={242-245}
}
Vespine wasps have been shown to deposit an attractive chemical in the nest entrance. Foragers use this to help locate the nest when returning to it. We determined how many individuals need to track (pass through) the entrance before the chemical is recognized. We found a logistic response as the number of tracks increased. At 200 tracks and above there was a 75–90% positive response rate to the chemical. We found no evidence of trail-marking behavior performed by foragers inside the nest… CONTINUE READING

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