Opportunistic predation of a colony of Polybia platycephala (Richards) (Hymenoptera, Vespidae) by Labidus praedator (Smith) (Hymenoptera, Formicidae)

Tatiane Tagliatti Maciel, Bruno Corrêa Barbosa, Fábio Prezoto

Abstract


Social wasps have developed several defense mechanisms, especially against ants. Predator attacks are the main threat to their nests. The strategy adopted by the wasps, when attacked by ants, is to abandon the nest, thus preserving the adult population for future nesting. The present study reports in detail the predation of a colony of Polybia platycephala by Labidus praedator.

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Ecitoninae; foraging; Vespidae

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.13102/sociobiology.v63i1.904

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