On "intercolonial" cannibalism in Japanese paper wasps, Polistes chinensis antennalis Pérez and P. Jadwigae dalla torre (hymenoptera: Vespidae)

Eiiti Kasuya, Yoshinori Hibino, Yosiaki Itô

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Abstract

Foundresses of two species of Japanese paper wasps, Polistes chinensis antennalis and P. jadwigae, attacked other colonies of the same species. A foundress of P. chinensis antennalis visited two nests of the same species, and ate larvae from them, while two foundresses of P. jadwigae each visited a nest of the same species, eating larvae and pupae even when the foundress of the attacked nest was on her nest. In addition, a foundress of P. jadwigae distributed flesh balls thus obtained among their larvae. Discussion was made on the adaptive significance of the inter-colonial cannibalism. It was considered that, at first, it increases the foraging efficiency and secondly it plays a role in regulating population density.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)255-262
Number of pages8
JournalResearches on Population Ecology
Volume22
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 1 1980
Externally publishedYes

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On "intercolonial" cannibalism in Japanese paper wasps, Polistes chinensis antennalis Pérez and P. Jadwigae dalla torre (hymenoptera : Vespidae). / Kasuya, Eiiti; Hibino, Yoshinori; Itô, Yosiaki.

In: Researches on Population Ecology, Vol. 22, No. 2, 01.12.1980, p. 255-262.

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