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All-day activity of Dolichovespula saxonica (Hymenoptera, Vespidae) colonies in Central Finland (2022)

Komonen, A., & Torniainen, J. (2022). All-day activity of Dolichovespula saxonica (Hymenoptera, Vespidae) colonies in Central Finland. Journal of Hymenoptera Research, 89, 157-170. https://doi.org/10.3897/jhr.89.79306

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All authors or editorsKomonen, Atte; Torniainen, Jyrki

Journal or seriesJournal of Hymenoptera Research



Publication year2022

Publication date28/02/2022


Pages range157-170

PublisherPensoft Publishers

Publication countryUnited States

Publication languageEnglish


Publication open accessOpenly available

Publication channel open accessOpen Access channel

Publication is parallel published (JYX)https://jyx.jyu.fi/handle/123456789/80556


In social vespid wasps, colony activity varies at many temporal scales. We studied the peak season activity (number of individuals entering the nest per min) of colonies of the social vespine wasp Dolichovespula saxonica in its native range in boreal Finland. Six colonies were monitored non-stop for a full day, starting before sunrise and ending after sunset. Shorter monitoring was carried out before and/or after the full-day monitoring. All colonies were active before sunrise and after sunset, and the overall activity was positively linked with colony size. Activity showed irregular minute-to-minute cycles in all colonies. The broader within-day dynamics were idiosyncratic among the colonies: activity varied generally between 40–100% of the peak, there were usually a few peaks per day, and the timing of the peaks varied. Ambient temperature was not related to activity dynamics consistently. Our study provides high-resolution information about the all-day activity of D. saxonica and underscores high among-colony variability in the dynamics of vespine wasps.

KeywordsVespidaenestsdistributionactivity (properties)tracking

Free keywordsnest activity; social wasps; time series; traffic rate; Vespinae

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Reporting Year2022

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