Nest Association between Camponotus fallax (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) and Vespa crabro (Hymenoptera: Vespidae) in Central Iberian Peninsula
Keywords:Camponotus fallax, ants, European hornet, Vespa crabro, nest association
AbstractBecause social wasps often defend their nests by inflicting painful stings or bites, some animals associate with them looking for protection against potential predators. Some neotropical vespids are known to maintain associations with other insect and vertebrate taxa, such as birds and bats, however there are not previous records about associations between ants and hornets in Europe. In this study, we reported the first case of association between the arboreal ant Camponotus fallax and the European hornet Vespa crabro in Europe. The observations were made in Central Spain, where two colonies of C. fallax were found in two different avian nest-boxes inhabited by V. crabro when spotless starlings finished their breeding season. The reasons of this possible association are also discussed.
Corbara, B., Servigne, P., Dejean, A., Carpenter, J.M. & Orivel, J. (2018) A mimetic nesting association between a timid social wasp and an aggressive arboreal ant. Comptes Rendus Biologies, 341, 182–188. doi: 10.1016/j.crvi.2018.01.006
Czechowski, W. & Vepsäläinen, K. (1999) Plesiobiosis between Formica fusca L. and Formica aquilonia Yarr. (Hymenoptera, Formicidae). Annales Zoologici (Warszawa) 49: 125–127.
Delabie, J.H.C. (2001) Trophobiosis between Formicidae and Hemiptera (Sternorrhyncha and Auchenorrhyncha): an overview. Neotropical Entomology, 30(4), 501–516. doi: 10.1590/S1519-566X2001000400001
Jeanne, R.L. (1975) The adaptiveness of social wasp nest architecture. The Quarterly Review of Biology. 50(3): 267-287. doi: 10.1086/408564
Jeanne, R.L. (1979). A latitudinal gradient in rates of ant predation. Ecology, 60(6), 1211. doi: 10.2307/1936968
Kanizsai, O., Lörinczi, G. & Gallé, L. (2013) Nesting Associations without Interdependence: A preliminary review of plesiobiosis in ants. Psyche, 2013: 238602. doi: 10.1155/2013/238602
Klingner R., Richter K., Schmolz E. & Keller B. (2005) The role of moisture in the nest thermoregulation of social wasps. Naturwissenschaften 92: 427-430. doi: 10.1007/s00114-005-0012-y
Kozyra, K.B. & E. Baraniak (2016) Causes of mortality of Polistes nimpha colonies. Insectes Sociaux, 63: 481–482. doi: 10.1007/s00040-016-0484-0
Kvifte, G.M., Legøy, T.A. & Soulé, J. (2017) The Plesiobiontic Association of Formica lemani Bondroit with Lasius flavus (Fabricius) (Hymenoptera, Formicidae) in Norway. Sociobiology 64(3): 366-368. doi: 10.13102/sociobiology.v64i3.1030
Lambrechts, M.M. & Schatz, B. (2014) Ants and Paridae sharenesting boxes in continental Mediterranean habitat. Folia Zoologica. 63:63–66. doi: 10.25225/fozo.v63.i2.a2.2014
Le Guen, R., Corbara, B., Rossi, V., Azémar, F. and Dejean, A. (2015) Reciprocal protection from natural enemies in ant-wasp association. Comptes Rendus Biologies, 338, 255–259. doi: 10.1016/j.crvi.2015.02.002
Mora-Rubio, C. & Pérez-Bote, J.L. (2018) Observación de Tropidotilla litoralis (Petagna, 1787) (Hymenoptera, Mutillidae) sobre un nido de Polistes gallicus (Linnaeus, 1767) (Hymenoptera, Vespidae). Boletín de la Sociedad Entomológica Aragonesa. 63: 267-268.
Muriel, J., Salmón, P., Nunez-Buiza, A., de Salas, F., Pérez-Rodríguez, L., Puerta, M. & Gil, D. (2015) Context-dependent effects of yolk androgens on nestling growth and immune function in a multibrooded passerine. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 28:1476–1488. doi: 10.1111/jeb.12668
Peel MC, Finlayson BL, Mcmahon TA (2007) Updated world map of the Köppen-Geiger climate classification. Hydrology and Earth System Sciences Discussions. 4:439–473. doi: 10.5194/hess-11-1633-2007
Pérez-Bote, J.L. & Mora-Rubio, C. (2018) Un caso de depredación de nidos de Polistes gallicus (Linnaeus, 1767) (Hymenoptera: Vespidae) por Lasius grandis Forel, 1909 (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Boletín de la Sociedad Entomológica Aragonesa. 63: 274.
Rusina, L.Y. (2011) Some aspects of interrelations between ants (Hymenoptera, Formicidae) and polistine wasps (Hymenoptera, Vespidae). Entomological Review, 91: 241–252. doi: 10.1134/S0013873811020126
Schatz, B., Proffit, M., Rakhi, B.V., Borges, R.M. & Hossaert-McKey, M. (2006) Complex interactions on fig trees: ants capturing parasitic wasps as possible indirect mutualists of the fig-fig wasp interaction. Oikos. 113: 344-352. doi: 10.1111/j.2006.0030-1299.13986.x
Schmolz, E., Lamprecht, I., & Schricker, B. (1995). A method for continuous direct calorimetric measurements of energy metabolism in intact hornet (Vespa crabro) and honeybee (Apis mellifera) colonies. Thermochimica Acta, 251, 293–301. doi: 10.1016/0040-6031(94)01965-J
Somavilla, A.; Fernandes, I.O.; Oliveira, M.L. & Silveira, O.T. (2013) Association among wasps’ colonies, ants and birds in Central Amazonian. Biota Neotropica. 13(2): 308-313. doi: 10.1590/S1676-06032013000200031
Souza, M.M., Pires, E.P. & Prezoto, F. (2013) Nidification of Polybia rejecta (Hymenoptera: Vespidae) associated to Azteca chartifex (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) in a fragment of Atlantic Forest, in the state of Minas Gerais, southeastern Brazil. Biota Neotropica. 13(3): 390-392. doi: 10.1590/S1676-06032013000300038
Turillazzi, S. & Ugolini, A. (1979). Rubbing behavior in some European Polistes (Hymenoptera: Vespidae). Monitore Zoologico Italiano. 13: 67-70.
Uboni, A. & Lorenzi, M.C. (2013). Poor odors, strength, and persistence give their rewards to Mutilla europaea visiting dangerous wasp nests. Journal of Insect Behavior, 26: 246–252. doi: 10.1007/s10905-012-9362-4
Wheeler, M.W. (1901): The compound and mixed nests of American ants. American Naturalist. 35: 1007–1016. doi: 10.1086/277948
Yamamoto, M. & Del-Claro, K. (2008). Natural history and foraging behavior of the carpenter ant Camponotus sericeiventris Guérin, 1838 (Formicinae, Campotonini) in the Brazilian Tropical Savanna. Acta Ethology, 11: 55-65. doi: 10.1007/s10211-008-0041-6
How to Cite
Sociobiology is a diamond open access journal which means that all content is freely available without charge to the user or his/her institution. Users are allowed to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of the articles in this journal without asking prior permission from the publisher or the author. This is in accordance with the BOAI definition of open access.
Authors who publish with this journal agree to the following terms:
- Authors retain copyright and grant the journal right of first publication with the work simultaneously licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution License that allows others to share the work with an acknowledgement of the work's authorship and initial publication in this journal.
- Authors are able to enter into separate, additional contractual arrangements for the non-exclusive distribution of the journal's published version of the work (e.g., post it to an institutional repository or publish it in a book), with an acknowledgement of its initial publication in this journal.
- Authors are permitted and encouraged to post their work online (e.g., in institutional repositories or on their website) prior to and during the submission process, as it can lead to productive exchanges, as well as earlier and greater citation of published work (See The Effect of Open Access).