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

Abstract

Clearwing 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.
Author Marta Agnieszka Skowron-Volponi KBM
Marta Agnieszka Skowron-Volponi,,
- Department of Molecular Biology
, Donald James McLean
Donald James McLean,,
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, Paolo Volponi
Paolo Volponi,,
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, Robert Dudley
Robert Dudley,,
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Journal seriesBiology Letters, ISSN 1744-9561
Issue year2018
Vol14
No5
Pages1-6
Keywords in EnglishBatesian mimicry, Sesiidae, locomotor mimicry
DOIDOI:10.1098/rsbl.2018.0152
URL http://rsbl.royalsocietypublishing.org/content/14/5/20180152
Languageen angielski
Score (nominal)35
ScoreMinisterial score = 30.0, 15-06-2018, ArticleFromJournal
Ministerial score (2013-2016) = 35.0, 15-06-2018, ArticleFromJournal
Publication indicators WoS Impact Factor: 2016 = 3.089 (2) - 2016=3.33 (5)
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