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Workers of a polistes paper wasp detect the presence of their queen by chemical cues.
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PMID:  17644826     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Differences in long-chain hydrocarbon mixtures among reproductive and nonreproductive individuals have been often revealed in social insects. However, very few papers demonstrated that these signatures actually act as contact pheromones used by nonreproductive to recognize the presence of a related queen in the colony. Cuticular and glandular hydrocarbons of Polistes paper wasps have been extensively studied, but, until now, the perception and recognition of such cues was not demonstrated. In this paper, we show, for the first time in Vespidae, that Polistes gallicus workers distinguish nestmates from alien individuals and queens from workers by the hydrocarbon mixtures of the Van der Vecht organ secretion (VVS). We also demonstrated that stroking behavior (a peculiar behavior of Polistes by which queens probably lay VVS on the nest) acts as an inhibitor of ovarian development in workers.
Leonardo Dapporto; Antonio Santini; Francesca R Dani; Stefano Turillazzi
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't     Date:  2007-07-21
Journal Detail:
Title:  Chemical senses     Volume:  32     ISSN:  0379-864X     ISO Abbreviation:  Chem. Senses     Publication Date:  2007 Oct 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2007-10-08     Completed Date:  2008-01-07     Revised Date:  2008-02-12    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8217190     Medline TA:  Chem Senses     Country:  England    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  795-802     Citation Subset:  IM    
Dipartimento di Biologia Animale e Genetica Leo Pardi, Università di Firenze, via Romana 17, 50125 Firenze, Italy.
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MeSH Terms
Animal Communication*
Behavior, Animal
Biological Assay
Chromatography, Gas
Hydrocarbons / chemistry
Mass Spectrometry
Ovary / metabolism
Sexual Behavior, Animal
Social Behavior
Time Factors
Wasps / physiology*
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