Central place water collection in a Japanese paper wasp, Polistes Chinensis antennalis

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Abstract

The water collection behaviour of colony foundresses of a Japanese paper wasp, Polistes chinensis antennalis, was recorded. A single round-trip of water collection consists of (1) an outward flight, (2) water-sucking, and (3) a homeward flight. The rate of water intake decreased as the length of water-sucking increased. There was a positive correlation between the duration of the outward flight and that of water-sucking. The variance of time for outward flights was larger than that for homeward flights. The data were consistent with the predictions of the central place foraging model of Orians & Pearson (1979).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1010-1014
Number of pages5
JournalAnimal Behaviour
Volume30
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Nov 1982
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Animal Science and Zoology

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