Journal of Ethology

, Volume 9, Issue 2, pp 135–146 | Cite as

Worker reproduction and related behavior in orphan colonies of a Japanese paper wasp,Polistes jadwigae (Hymenoptera, Vespidae)

  • Shinya Miyano


Worker reproduction and related behavior in 2 orphan colonies ofPolistes jadwigae, one of which had been maintained by a queen and 5 artificially introduced alien workers, were observed. After the queen loss, a dominance hierarchy was established among workers, and several workers laid eggs without physical interference from other workers. Only males emerged from worker-laid eggs, however, a few new queens were produced from queen-laid eggs. Investment sex ratio of queenright (=normal) colonies (0.27) fell between the 2 theoretical values, corresponding to worker control (0.20 or 0.18) and queen control (0.48 or 0.46) of the sex ratio, both being calculated by considering the excess of males produced in the orphan colonies.


Animal Ecology Related Behavior Dominance Hierarchy Work Control Paper Wasp 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Shinya Miyano
    • 1
  1. 1.Natural History Museum and Institute, ChibaChibaJapan

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