• Stefano Turillazzi


This chapter describes the most common behavioural patterns of female and male Hover Wasps. Behaviours are divided into three main groups, depending on their functional categories: elementary behaviour (which ranges from feeding to mating), colony maintenance behaviour (directed towards rearing and defence of immature brood and nest construction) and social behaviour (mainly interactions with conspecifics and nestmates). These are further divided into behaviours performed on the nest and off the nest. Short videoclips for some behaviour are available online.


Mouth Part Social Wasp Dominant Female Metasomal Tergite Polistes Wasp 
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Videoclip 3.1

A female Parischnogaster alternata flying close a spiderweb (MP4 6304 kb)

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Self grooming in Parischnogaster mellyi (MP4 19881 kb)

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Abdominal substance collection by Anischnogaster (MPG 3997 kb)

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Abdominal substance collection by Parischnogaster mellyi (MPG 35461 kb)

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Egg deposition by Parischnogaster mellyi (MPG 98036 kb)

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Feeding of a larva by Parischnogaster mellyi (MPG 6455 kb)

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Food request and domination in Parischnogaster mellyi (MOV 9151 kb)

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Food sharing after domination in Parischnogaster mellyi (MP4 6388 kb)

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Dominance aggression and drop regurgitation in Parischnogaster mellyi (MP4 6965 kb)

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Aggression and dominance in Parischnogaster mellyi (MP4 10104 kb)


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Stefano Turillazzi
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  1. 1.Dep of Evolutionary Biology “L. Pardi”Università degli Studi di FirenzeFirenzeItaly

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