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Variation in Reproductive Strategy of the Tropical Paper Wasp, Ropalidia fasciata (Hymenoptera: Vespidae), in Okinawa in Relation to Island Environmental Conditions

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Title: Variation in Reproductive Strategy of the Tropical Paper Wasp, Ropalidia fasciata (Hymenoptera: Vespidae), in Okinawa in Relation to Island Environmental Conditions
Authors: Ito, Yosiaki
Issue Date: Jan 1995
Publisher: University of Hawaii Press
Citation: Ito Y. 1995. Variation in reproductive strategy of the tropical paper wasp, Ropalidia fasciata (Hymenoptera: Vespidae), in Okinawa in relation to island environmental conditions. Pac Sci 49(1): 42-54.
Abstract: The tropical paper wasp, Ropalidia (Icariola) fasciata (F.), nests
on leaves of gramineous plants (Miscanthus sinensis Andus. and sugarcane) in
Okinawa, where there are frequent, strong typhoons. In Taiwan and Java,
where the effects of typhoons are less severe, most nests are on tree twigs. A
similar difference is seen in nests of Ropalidia (I.) marginata (Lepeletier) in the
Northern Mariana Islands and in India. Okinawan R. fasciata also exhibits
quite flexible social behavior, low frequency of intranidal dominance behavior,
construction of satellite and multiple-comb nests, absconding swarming, and
initiation and development of nests in late autumn. Study of the divergence of
social habits in eusocial wasps on Pacific Islands will enhance our understanding
of social evolution in insects.
URI/DOI: http://hdl.handle.net/10125/2273
ISSN: 0030-8870
Appears in Collections:Pacific Science Volume 49, Number 1, 1995



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