Nesting Behavior of Abispa ephippium (Fabricius) (Hymenoptera: Vespidae: Eumeninae): Extended Parental Care in an Australian Mason Wasp
Experiment to test possible repellency of A. ephippium nest funnel to ants (Pheidole sp). Funnel pieces were randomly paired with dried mud fragments along either side of a natural foraging trail. Each was baited with paralyzed caterpillars, and their removal by recruited ants was timed. Inset shows ants cooperating to remove a bait.
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