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Chemical passwords and identity cards in insect societies Lasciapassare e carte di identita nelle societa degli insetti


, : Chemical passwords and identity cards in insect societies Lasciapassare e carte di identita nelle societa degli insetti. Atti della Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei Classe di Scienze Fisiche Matematiche e Naturali Rendiconti Lincei Scienze Fisiche e Naturali, 153: 257-266

Nest mate recognition in insect societies is important to avoid exploitation of nest resources and immature broods by social parasites and conspecifics non related with colony members. This recognition is mainly based on chemical signals. Cues which permit discrimination of colony members from alien individuals are generally represented by the cuticular lipids which cover the bodies of the insects. These substances have the original and principal functions to limit water loss and attacks from pathogens, but in the course of evolution they have also acquired a communicative function. This talk deals with recent acquisitions of research on this argument and especially on nest mate recognition in social wasps.

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