Swarming behavior: evidence for communication in social wasps

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Science  22 Aug 1975:
Vol. 189, Issue 4203, pp. 642-644
DOI: 10.1126/science.1162347


Behavior of wasps at sites around swarms and along emigration routes suggests the use of odor marks. Wasps perform breaking runs through swarms, resulting in dispersal of clustered wasps. Orientation in flight of swarm mates to specific trail sites facilitates swarm emigration to the new nest.