A new role for antennation in paper wasps (Hymenoptera, Vespidae): Antennal courtship and sex dimorphic glands in antennomeres

R. Romani, N. Isidoro, P. Riolo, F. Bin, Angelo Fortunato, S. Turillazzi, L. Beani

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Abstract

Males of Polistes dominulus perform antennal vibrations and grasping of female antennae during pre-copulatory and copulatory phases. Male antennation plays a relevant role in mating success. In several antennomeres of males of P. dominulus and Vespa crabro, a further species in which we observed male antennation, we found secretory cells of class 1 and 3 associated to the same release site. In P. dominulus, class 3 cells with ampulla-like reservoirs and class 1 cells release their secretion through hairless multiporous areas. In V. crabro, tyloid-like structures are associated with large apodemes. The as yet unidentified secretion of these glands may act as a contact or low-volatile sex pheromone during courtship behaviour.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)96-102
Number of pages7
JournalInsectes Sociaux
Volume52
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 1 2005
Externally publishedYes

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Keywords

  • Antennal courtship
  • Antennal glands
  • Polistes dominulus
  • Sex pheromone
  • Ultrastructure
  • Vespa crabro

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  • Insect Science

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A new role for antennation in paper wasps (Hymenoptera, Vespidae) : Antennal courtship and sex dimorphic glands in antennomeres. / Romani, R.; Isidoro, N.; Riolo, P.; Bin, F.; Fortunato, Angelo; Turillazzi, S.; Beani, L.

In: Insectes Sociaux, Vol. 52, No. 1, 01.02.2005, p. 96-102.

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Romani, R. ; Isidoro, N. ; Riolo, P. ; Bin, F. ; Fortunato, Angelo ; Turillazzi, S. ; Beani, L. / A new role for antennation in paper wasps (Hymenoptera, Vespidae) : Antennal courtship and sex dimorphic glands in antennomeres. In: Insectes Sociaux. 2005 ; Vol. 52, No. 1. pp. 96-102.
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