Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology

, Volume 16, Issue 2, pp 165–170 | Cite as

Predatory behavior of Polybia sericea (Olivier), a tropical social wasp (Hymenoptera: Vespidae)

  • M. A. Raveret Richter
  • R. L. Jeanne


Polybia sericea (Olivier) (Hymenoptera: Vespidae) foragers were trained to visit experimental foraging plots and tests were conducted to determine the role of visual, olfactory, and chemotactile cues in prey location. Foragers approached prey from downwind and hovered downwind of visual and olfactory stimuli. Olfactory cues were more likely to elicit landing than were visual cues. Biting of potential prey was most consistently elicited by a combination of visual, tactile, and chemotactile cues. Foragers encountering large prey carried a piece back to the nest and returned for prey remains. These returning foragers used visual cues to direct intensive aerial search; olfactory prey cues elicited landing.


Large Prey Potential Prey Predatory Behavior Olfactory Stimulus Social Wasp 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • M. A. Raveret Richter
    • 1
  • R. L. Jeanne
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of EntomologyUniversity of WisconsinMadisonUSA

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