Caption: A queen paper wasp (Polistes carnifex) engages in rhythmic antennal drumming while feeding developing larvae in a nest in Guanacaste, Costa Rica, in 2004. A microphone is visible in the upper left. In a study in the Feb. 8, 2011, issue of Current Biology, UW-Madison entomologists Robert Jeanne and Sainath Suryanarayanan and John Hermanson of the USDA Forest Products Laboratory provide evidence that antennal drumming in a related wasp in Wisconsin influences whether the larvae develop into workers or future queens.
Video: courtesy Sainath Suryanarayanan, UW-Madison
View Quicktime video | Download video
View WMV video | Download video
Caption: A queen paper wasp (Polistes fuscatus) perches atop her nest in the University of Wisconsin-Madison Arboretum in 2006. Eggs and water droplets are visible in the nest cells. Research from UW-Madison entomologists Robert Jeanne and Sainath Suryanarayanan and John Hermanson of the USDA Forest Products Laboratory shows that the rhythmic antennal drumming these wasps engage in while feeding developing larvae influences whether the larvae develop into workers or future queens.
Photo: courtesy Sainath Suryanarayanan
Photographs are available to media organizations and University of Wisconsin-Madison departments for news, editorial and public relations uses, both print and electronic, that are directly related to UW-Madison. They are NOT available for generic use. For university-related use -- including textbooks, commercial products or advertising -- please contact Bryce Richter, photographer, University Communications, (608) 262-7411 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Published photos must include a credit ("photographer's name/University of Wisconsin-Madison" or "courtesy of"). The specific credit and other details are also embedded in the digital file, which can be viewed by using Photoshop and selecting "file>file info."
None of these images may be modified, altered or used in any way that changes or misrepresents the photograph's content or overall context.