cicada killer

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Synonyms for cicada killer

large black or rust-colored wasp that preys on cicadas

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We sought to determine if female cicada killer wasps, a solitary species whose life history likely resembles that of a precursor to modern eusocial forms, were more highly related to conspecific females nesting nearby (neighbors) than they were to females nesting > I m apart (non-neighbors).
Regardless of whether cicada killer nepotism is incidental or directly kin-selected, the outcome is the same: kin are more likely to be the beneficiaries.
Life history and habits of the cicada killer in Ohio.
We collected nesting cicada killers from two populations in San Antonio, Texas.
To assess whether neighbors were related, we analyzed minisatellite DNA banding patterns in 54 cicada killers that were nesting at various distances apart.
The weight of cicada killer wasps, Sphecius speciosus, and the weight of their prey.
Differential prey selection for the sex of offspring in the cicada killer Sphecius speciosus (Hymenoptera: Sphecidae).
Eastern cicada killers, Sphecius speciosus Drury, are mass-provisioning wasps found in all but 2 states (Vermont and Maine) of the USA east of the continental divide (Holliday & Coelho 2006) .
Lin (1979b) presented evidence that female cicada killers hunt cicadas selectively by size, species, and sex.
In a previous study of cicada killers from 12 geographic locations, Hastings et al.
Effects of size and flight performance on intermale mate competition in the cicada killer, Sphecius speciosus Drury (Hymenoptera: Sphecidae).
Provisioning by female western cicada killer wasps, Sphecius grandis (Hymenoptera: Sphecidae): Influence of body size and emergence time on individual provisioning success.
The influence of size, age, and residency status on territory defense in male western cicada killer wasps (Sphecius grandis, Hymenoptera: Sphecidae).
Eastern cicada killers, Sphecius speciosus Drury, are large, colonial, mass-provisioning wasps.
However, to our knowledge, no previous study of cicada killers, or of any other provisioning wasp, has focused on regional variation in body size of the wasps or on how such variation might be related to variation in size of their prey.