Journal of Chemical Ecology

, Volume 10, Issue 10, pp 1425–1433 | Cite as

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

  • David C. Post
  • Holly A. Downing
  • Robert L. Jeanne
Article

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 wasp Polistes exclamans Polistes fuscatus Vespidae Hymenoptera venom alarm pheromone alarm behavior 

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© Plenum Publishing Corporation 1984

Authors and Affiliations

  • David C. Post
    • 1
  • Holly A. Downing
    • 1
  • Robert L. Jeanne
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of EntomologyUniversity of Wisconsin-MadisonMadison

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