Journal of Chemical Ecology

, Volume 10, Issue 10, pp 1425–1433

Alarm response to venom by social waspsPolistes exclamans andP. fuscatus (Hymenoptera: Vespidae)

Authors

  • David C. Post
    • Department of EntomologyUniversity of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Holly A. Downing
    • Department of EntomologyUniversity of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Robert L. Jeanne
    • Department of EntomologyUniversity of Wisconsin-Madison
Article

DOI: 10.1007/BF00990313

Cite this article as:
Post, D.C., Downing, H.A. & Jeanne, R.L. J Chem Ecol (1984) 10: 1425. doi:10.1007/BF00990313

Abstract

The venoms ofPolistes exclamans andP. fuscatus elicit alarm behavior and attract attacking wasps. The response is not species specific, for both hetero- and conspecific venoms elicit similar responses in both species. A test in a wind tunnel provided no support for the hypothesis that alarmed wasps release an alarm pheromone on the nest.

Key words

Social waspPolistes exclamansPolistes fuscatusVespidaeHymenopteravenomalarm pheromonealarm behavior

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