Journal of Ethology

, Volume 2, Issue 1, pp 17–29 | Cite as

Social behaviour and social structure of Neotropical paper waspsMischocyttarus angulatus Richards andM. basimacula (Cameron)

  • Yosiaki Itô


Social behaviour and social structure of 2 Neotropical polistine wasps,Mischocyttrus angulatus andM. basimacula, were investigated in the Canal Area, Republic of Panama. About 80% ofM. angulatus colonies and a half ofM. basimacula colonies were founted by multiple females having mature eggs in their ovaries. All of single-female colonies examined failed before the emergence of the first progeny. During the pre-emergence period, neither biting nor chasing was observed among females coexisting on the multifemale nests of both species. Although one of the females tended to stay on her nest for most of the time (‘queen-like female’), she was often replaced by a different individual on differrent days. In the post-emergence period, however, frequent aggression among females (including the foundresses and the first brood adults) was observed. The roles of pleometrosis and dominance behaviour in social lives of the 2 species in the wet tropics are discussed.


Social Structure Social Behaviour Social Life Animal Ecology Canal Area 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Yosiaki Itô
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  1. 1.Laboratory of Applied Entomology and NematologyNagoya UniversityNagoyaJapan

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