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Reproductive Behavior of a Male Neotropical Social Wasp, Mischocyttarus drewseni (Hymenoptera: Vespidae)

Robert L. Jeanne and Eloy G. Castellón Bermúdez
Journal of the Kansas Entomological Society
Vol. 53, No. 2 (Apr., 1980), pp. 271-276
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/25084030
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Reproductive Behavior of a Male Neotropical Social Wasp, Mischocyttarus drewseni (Hymenoptera: Vespidae)
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Abstract

Males of the Brazilian social wasp, Mischocyttarus drewseni, flew regular routes along a ditch rich in flowering herbs and shrubs. Routes of males overlapped widely and were not defended. While patrolling, males perched, fed on nectar, and interacted with other wasps. Patrolling males were attracted to perched male and female conspecifics as well as to the foragers of Polybia sericea and approached, circled, and attempted copulation with them. Copulatory attempts were more frequent with female conspecifics than with females of P. sericea. We hypothesize that male M. drewseni are maximizing their chances of reproductive encounters by patrolling in areas where females are likely to feed and forage.

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