publication . Article . Other literature type . 1980

The control of nest depth in a digger wasp (Sphex ichneumoneus L.)

Brockmann, H. Jane;
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  • Published: 01 Jan 1980 Journal: Animal Behaviour, volume 28, pages 426-445 (issn: 0003-3472, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: Elsevier BV
  • Country: United States
Abstract Golden digger wasps, Sphex ichneumoneus L. (Sphecidae), are a solitary, ground-nesting species that dig burrows to particular depths in the soil. I develop and evaluate alternative hypeses about the mechanisms controlling digging behaviour. By altering the wasps' burrows as thare digging, I show that they are not digging for some prescribed length of time nor are they diggingtil they reach some suitable environmental characteristic deep in the soil. Rather, they appear be digging until they reach a particular tunnel length, making corrections if the tunnel is too shallor too deep. This distance can be altered somewhat by surface environmental conditions...
free text keywords: Animal Science and Zoology, Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics, Entomology, Life Sciences
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