Social behaviour of an Australian paper wasp,Ropalidia plebeiana, with special reference to the process of acceptance of an alien female
- 30 Downloads
Social interactions amongRopalidia plebeiana females on a nest were observed in Brisbane, Australia. Although a single female (queen-like female) tended to remain on the nest most of the time, and received food most frequently from females which returned from foraging trips, no dominance/aggressive acts were directed by her to regular nestmates. When a possibly alien female tried to join the female group, however, the queen-like female attacked this female strongly. The frequency of these attacks gradually decreased and the newcomer was accepted as a regular member by the eighth day. The attacked female showed a special, possibly ritualized, posture and this seemed to have reduced the frequency of attacks.
KeywordsSocial Interaction Social Behaviour Special Reference Animal Ecology Female Group
Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.
- Akre, R. D. 1982 Social wasps. In: H. R. Hermann (ed.)Social insects Vol. IV. pp. 1–105. Academic Press, New York.Google Scholar
- Hook, A. W. & H. E. Evans 1982 Observations on the nesting behavior of three species ofRopalidia Guérin-Méneville (Hymenoptera: Vespidae).J. Austr. Entomol. Soc. 21: 271–275.Google Scholar
- Itô, Y. 1985 A comparsion of frequency of intracolony aggressive behaviours among five species of polistine wasps (Hymenoptera: Vespidae).Z. Tierpsychol. 68: 152–167.Google Scholar
- Jeanne, R. L. 1972. Social biology of the Neotropical waspMischocyttarus drewseni.Bull. Mus. Comp. Zool. 144: 63–150.Google Scholar
- Richards, O. W. 1978 The Australian social wasps (Hymenoptera: Vespidae).Aust. J. Zool. Suppl. Ser. No. 61: 1–132.Google Scholar
- West-Eberhard, M. J. 1969 The social biology of polistine wasps.Misc. Publ. Mus. Zool. Univ. Mich. No. 140: 1–101.Google Scholar