Parasitoids of the uniquely social colletid bee amphylaeus morosus (Hymenoptera: Colletidae) in Victoria

Lucas R. Hearn, Mark I. Stevens, Michael P. Schwarz, Ben A. Parslow

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Abstract

Understanding how nest parasites contribute to brood mortality rates in host species is an important step towards uncovering the potential implications for host behaviour. This can be especially important for understanding the evolution of social living, where defence against parasites is often posited as a major benefit of cooperative nesting. Only two parasitoid species have previously been reported for the only known social colletid bee, Amphylaeus morosus: the gasteruptiid wasp, Gasteruption primotarsale, and the mutillid, Ephutomorpha tyla. Here we report six additional parasitoid species of A. morosus: the gasteruptiid wasps G. atrinerve, G. globiceps, G. melanopoda and G. cinerescens; the bombyliid fly Anthrax maculatus; and the mutillid wasp Ephutomorpha aff. varipes. The mechanisms of parasitism for these eight parasitoid species are described in combination with how they operate throughout the host brood rearing period and whether benefits of social nesting vary across the season.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)183-191
Number of pages9
JournalMemoirs of Museum Victoria
Volume80
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2021

Keywords

  • Bombyliidae
  • Gasteruptiidae
  • Host-association
  • Hylaeinae
  • Mutillidae
  • Parasitism

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