, Volume 31, Issue 6, pp 691–692 | Cite as

Juvenile hormone promotes dominance behavior and ovarian development in social wasps (Polistes annularis)

  • R. H. Barth
  • L. J. Lester
  • P. Sroka
  • T. Kessler
  • R. Hearn


Repeated topical application of juvenile hormone to workers of the primitive social wasp,Polistes annularis resulted in a disruption of colony social structure as indicated by a sharp increase in the frequency of dominance interactions. Ovarian maturation was also observed, probably as both a direct and an indirect effect of hormone treatment.


Social Structure Indirect Effect Sharp Increase Hormone Treatment Topical Application 
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© Birkhäuser Verlag 1975

Authors and Affiliations

  • R. H. Barth
    • 1
  • L. J. Lester
    • 1
  • P. Sroka
    • 1
  • T. Kessler
    • 1
  • R. Hearn
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of ZoologyUniversity of TexasAustinUSA

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