Epicuticular lipids and fertility in primitively social wasps (Hymenoptera Stenogastrinae)

S. Turillazzi*, M. F. Sledge, L. Dapporto, M. Landi, Daniele Fanelli, L. Fondelli, P. Zanetti, F. R. Dani

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Lipid cuticular profiles of females of four species belonging to three different genera of stenogastrine wasps are examined in connection with reproductive potential (relative ovarian development). Cuticular lipids may not only represent the cues for nestmate discrimination (already behaviourally ascertained in three of the same species), but also allow discrimination of fertile and non fertile individuals. Comparisons with more socially evolved insects are reported and discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)464-471
Number of pages8
JournalPhysiological Entomology
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2004


  • Chemical communication
  • Epicuticular lipids
  • Fertility
  • Social wasps
  • Stenogastrinae

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physiology
  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Insect Science


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