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


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 (FB/DMoB)
Marta Agnieszka Skowron Volponi,,
- Department of Molecular Biology
, Donald James McLean
Donald James McLean,,
, Paolo Volponi
Paolo Volponi,,
, Robert Dudley
Robert Dudley,,
Journal seriesBiology Letters, ISSN 1744-9561, (A 35 pkt)
Issue year2018
Publication size in sheets0.50
Keywords in EnglishBatesian mimicry, Sesiidae, locomotor mimicry
ASJC Classification1100 General Agricultural and Biological Sciences; 1101 Agricultural and Biological Sciences (miscellaneous)
Languageen angielski
Score (nominal)35
Score sourcejournalList
ScoreMinisterial score = 35.0, 28-01-2020, ArticleFromJournal
Publication indicators Scopus SNIP (Source Normalised Impact per Paper): 2018 = 1.228; WoS Impact Factor: 2018 = 3.323 (2) - 2018=3.484 (5)
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