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Insectes Sociaux

, Volume 48, Issue 4, pp 352–354 | Cite as

Three new host species of the social wasp parasite, Polistes atrimandibularis (Hymenoptera, Vespidae)

  • D. Fanelli
  • R. Cervo
  • S. Turillazzi

Summary.

We report that the social parasite Polistes atrimandibularis (Zimmermann) can exploit at least three more host species than previously described. One of these, P. associus, has never been reported as host of a social parasite. Our data show no constraints in host choice, indicating P. atrimandibularis is a generalist social parasite.

Key words: Obligate social parasite, host specificity, Polistes, social wasps. 

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© Birkhäuser Verlag, 2001

Authors and Affiliations

  • D. Fanelli
    • 1
  • R. Cervo
    • 1
  • S. Turillazzi
    • 1
  1. 1.Dipartimento di Biologia Animale e Genetica, Università di Firenze, Via Romana 17, 50125 Firenze, Italy, e-mail: Daniele_Fanelli@yahoo.it IT

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