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Occurrence and nesting behavior of social wasps in an anthropized environment

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da Silva, R. C. [1] ; Prato, A. S. [1] ; Assts, D. S. [1] ; Nascimento, F. S. [1]
Total Authors: 4
[1] Univ Sao Paulo, Fac Filosofia Ciencias & Letras Ribeirao Preto, Dept Biol, Av Bandeirantes 3900, BR-14040900 Ribeirao Preto, SP - Brazil
Total Affiliations: 1
Document type: Journal article
Source: Sociobiology; v. 66, n. 2, p. 381-388, JUN 2019.
Web of Science Citations: 0

Some effort has been made concerning the measurement of the social biodiversity of wasps in Brazil. However, few approaches were made regarding how these taxa have adapted their nesting behavior to anthropic mixed environments. Thus, the present work aimed to survey the occurrence of social wasps in an anthropic area and their relationship with different types of nesting substrates. Increasing the knowledge of social wasps in anthropic areas may allow us to develop strategies for their conservation and management. Twenty long-term surveys were made at the Universidade de Sao Paulo, Ribeirao Preto campus, Sao Paulo State. During the searches, we collected information about wasp species and nesting substrate. A total of 20 species of eight genera were identified, and a total of 431 active colonies were registered. Epiponini was the tribe that expressed the most species richness. On the other hand, Mischocyttarini was represented by more active colonies. whether compared to the other species which agreed with the idea of preference of anthropic environments by independent founding wasps. Nesting behavior was associated with eight substrate categories. In general, we observed that some species may express certain plasticity regarding to their nesting substrate preference, whereas some expressed certain specificity. These findings may be related to the fact that some species are less sensitive to urban areas and then express a plastic behavior concerning to where they start their nests. Facing the increase of current urbanization process and, consequently, habitat loss, this type of study contributes toward a better understanding of how these insects are affected and behave in altered environment. (AU)

FAPESP's process: 18/22461-3 - Searching for the missing link: the eggs act as an alternative vehicle of communication in social systems?
Grantee:Rafael Carvalho da Silva
Support type: Scholarships in Brazil - Doctorate
FAPESP's process: 16/11887-4 - Variation of cuticular hydrocarbons and secretion contents of exocrine glands in workers of Polybia occidentalis (Hymenoptera: Vespidae, Epiponini)
Grantee:Amanda Prato da Silva
Support type: Scholarships in Brazil - Master
FAPESP's process: 18/10996-0 - An Evo-Devo perspective on reproductive division of labour in wasps
Grantee:Fábio Santos do Nascimento
Support type: Regular Research Grants
FAPESP's process: 15/17358-0 - Diversity and evolution of chemical composition of cuticle in leaf-cutter ants (Formicidae: Attini: Atta-Genus group)
Grantee:Diego Santana Assis
Support type: Scholarships in Brazil - Doctorate