"Marimbondos": a review on the neotropical swarm-founding polistines.


  • Fernando Barbosa Noll Departamento de Zoologia e Botânica, IBILCE, Universidade Estadual Paulista (UNESP) - São José do Rio Preto, SP




Social wasps, swarming process, polygyny, colony cycle


Neotropical swarm-founding polistines, the Epiponini, compose a highly social tribe of vespids which displays several complex social characteristics, such as: intricate nest building, polygyny, swarm reproduction, and the absence of morphology caste discontinuities, a trait that would not be expected for a highly eusocial group. The biology of Epiponini will be reviewed, evidencing the scarcity of information for this group and also that not all social insects might fit in traditional theories for the evolution of social behavior.


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Fernando Barbosa Noll, Departamento de Zoologia e Botânica, IBILCE, Universidade Estadual Paulista (UNESP) - São José do Rio Preto, SP

São José do Rio Preto


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Noll, F. B. (2013). "Marimbondos": a review on the neotropical swarm-founding polistines. Sociobiology, 60(4), 347–353. https://doi.org/10.13102/sociobiology.v60i4.347-353




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