Variation in Propensity to Exhibit Thanatosis in Nasonia vitripennis (Hymenoptera: Pteromalidae)

  title={Variation in Propensity to Exhibit Thanatosis in Nasonia vitripennis (Hymenoptera: Pteromalidae)},
  author={B. King and H. R. Leaich},
  journal={Journal of Insect Behavior},
  • B. King, H. R. Leaich
  • Published 2006
  • Biology
  • Journal of Insect Behavior
  • Thanatosis (death-feigning) has rarely been documented for Hymenoptera but occurs in the parasitoid wasp Nasonia vitripennis. The propensity to exhibit thanatosis did not differ with age, sex, or food deprivation. Squeezing a female’s abdomen and contacting her antennae were equally likely to trigger thanatosis. Dropping an object next to a female in order to cause substrate vibrations never triggered thanatosis, and dropping a female from a test tube rarely triggered thanatosis. Thanatosis was… CONTINUE READING
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