Sexual behavior of Eumenid wasps (Hymenoptera: Eumenidae)

TitleSexual behavior of Eumenid wasps (Hymenoptera: Eumenidae)
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication1986
AuthorsCowan DP
JournalProceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington

The sexual behavior of five eumenid wasp species is described. This behavior differs sharply between species, and there is considerable within-species variation. Pairs of Ancistrocerus antilope remained together for 0.5-4 h and copulated one to four times. Pairs of A. adiabatus, A. catskill, and Euodynerus foraminatus came together, copulated once, and separated within 1-2 min. Pairs of Parancistrocerus pensylvanicus joined, and copulated once within about one min; but remained together for about 12 min and engaged in an elaborate postcopulatory behavior before separating.