Social Communication

  • Stefano Turillazzi


This chapter looks at the main aspects of social communication in Hover Wasp colonies according to the social context in which information is transferred. Adult–immature brood communication seems limited in these wasps, while adult–adult interactions are similar to those observed in the primitively eusocial polistines. As in other social insects, the most utilised channel seems to be the chemical one. Nestmate recognition has been intensely studied, but as yet no decisive results on the recognition process have come to light. Visual and vibratory (including sound) communication is possible in some species.


Social Insect Cuticular Hydrocarbon Resident Female Nestmate Recognition Social Wasp 
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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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