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Insectes Sociaux

, Volume 34, Issue 1, pp 44–57 | Cite as

Male reproductive behavior and mandibular glands inPolistes major (Hymenoptera: Vespidae)

  • J. W. Wenzel
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Summary

Polistes major males mark perches and defend patrol routes much like other male vespids, but are unusual in the enlarged ectal mandibular glands and mandibular applicator brushes. Facial rubbing is a prominent behavior in addition to the more wide spread sternal rubbing behavior. Glandular size and the volatile character of the product suggest adaptation for long distance communication. The pheromone of the gland is apparently without aphrodisiac properties and appears to be the same compound in two subspecies collected from distant localities. Laboratory reared wasps do not discriminate against kin in mating.

Keywords

Mandibular Gland Social Wasp Paper Wasp Sternal Gland Polistine Wasp 
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Le comportement sexuel et les glandes mandibulaires du mâle chez Polistes major

Resume

Les mâles dePolistes major marquent leurs perchoirs et défendent leurs parcours de patrouille comme les autres mâles de la familleVespidae, mais leurs glandes mandibulaires latérales sont agrandies d'une façon peu commune ainsi que leurs brosses mandibulaires. Ils frottent fréquemment leurs perchoirs avec leur face de même qu'avec le sternum, ce dernier comportement étant plus largement répandu dans la famille. La taille de la glande et les caractères des produits volatils suggèrent une adaptation à la communication à grande distance. Il semble que la phéromone de la glande n'ait pas de propriétés aphrodisiaques et qu'elle possède la même composition chez deux sousespèces récoltées dans deux localités éloignées. Au laboratoire, les guêpes s'accouplent sans distinction de partenaires, incluant donc l'inceste.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • J. W. Wenzel
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  1. 1.Department of EntomologyUniversity of KansasLawrence

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