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Insectes Sociaux

, Volume 41, Issue 3, pp 327–330 | Cite as

A distinct caste difference inPolybioides tabidus (Fabricius) (Hymenoptera: Vespidae)

  • S. Turillazzi
  • E. Francescato
  • A. Baldini Tosi
  • J. M. Carpenter
Short Communication

Summary

Queens ofPolybioides tabidus differ from workers of the same species in the presence of very much longer bristles on the eyes and head and in the size of some morphological characters. The presence/absence of eye bristles in queens/workers of P. tabidus is the first qualitative morphological caste difference reported in the Polistinae.

Key words

Polybioides Ropalidiini Polistinae caste differences 

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© Birkhäuser Verlag 1994

Authors and Affiliations

  • S. Turillazzi
    • 1
  • E. Francescato
    • 1
  • A. Baldini Tosi
    • 1
  • J. M. Carpenter
    • 2
  1. 1.Dipartimento di Biologia Animale e GeneticaUniversità di Firenze e Centro di Studio per la Faunistica ed Ecologia Tropicali del C.N.R.FirenzeItaly
  2. 2.Department of EntomologyAmerican Museum of Natural HistoryNew YorkUSA

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