Moving like a model: mimicry of hymenopteran flight trajectories by clearwing moths of Southeast Asian rainforests
Marta Agnieszka Skowron-Volponi , Donald James McLean , Paolo Volponi , Robert Dudley
AbstractClearwing moths are known for their physical resemblance to hymenopterans, but the extent of their behavioural mimicry is unknown. We describe zigzag flights of sesiid bee mimics that are nearly indistinguishable from those of sympatric bees, whereas sesiid wasp mimics display faster, straighter flights more akin to those of wasps. In particular, the flight of the sesiids Heterosphecia pahangensis, Aschistophleps argentifasciata and Pyrophleps cruentata resembles both Tetragonilla collina and T. atripes stingless bees and, to a lesser extent, dwarf honeybees Apis andreniformis, whereas the sesiid Pyrophleps sp. resembles Tachysphex sp. wasps. These findings represent the first experimental evidence for behavioural mimicry in clearwing moths.
|Journal series||Biology Letters, ISSN 1744-9561|
|Keywords in English||Batesian mimicry, Sesiidae, locomotor mimicry|
|Score|| = 30.0, 15-06-2018, ArticleFromJournal|
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