Publications of the Evolutionary Ecology Group

Weiss K, Herzner G, Strohm E (2017) Sexual selection and the evolution of male pheromone glands in philanthine wasps (Hymenoptera, Crabronidae). BMC Evolutionary Biology (2017) 17:128

Stökl J, Herzner G (2016) Morphology and ultrastructure of the allomone and sex-pheromone producing mandibular gland of the parasitoid wasp Leptopilina heterotoma (Hymenoptera: Figitidae). Arthropod Structure & Development:

Weiss K, Strohm E, Kaltenpoth M, Herzner G (2015) Comparative morphology of the postpharyngeal gland in the Philanthinae (Hymenoptera, Crabronidae) and the evolution of an antimicrobial brood protection mechanism. BMC Evolutionary Biology 15: 291.

Wurdack M, Herbertz S, Dowling D, Kroiss J, Strohm E, Baur H, Niehuis O, Schmitt T (2015). Striking cuticular hydrocarbon dimorphism in the mason wasp Odynerus spinipes and its possible evolutionary cause (Hymenoptera: Chrysididae, Vespidae) Proeedings of the R. Society B 282: 20151777. DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2015.1777.

Herzner G (2014) Antimicrobial defense strategies in two solitary wasp species. Entomolgie heute 26: 1-17.

Weiss K, Parzefall C, Herzner G (2014) Multifaceted Defense against Antagonistic Microbes in Developing Offspring of the Parasitoid Wasp Ampulex compressa (Hymenoptera, Ampulicidae). PLoS ONE 9(6): e98784. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0098784.

Kaltenpoth M, Roeser-Mueller K, Koehler S, Peterson A, Nechitaylo T, Stubblefield JW, Herzner G, Seger J, Strohm E (2014). Partner choice and fidelity stabilize co-evolution in a Cretaceous-age defensive symbiosis. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the USA 111: 6359-6364.

Herzner G (2014) Wie schützen sich Larven der Juwelwespe vor schädlichen Mikroben? BIOSpektrum 20(2): 142-143.

Herzner G, Kaltenpoth M, Poettinger T, Weiss K, Koedam D, Kroiss J, Strohm E (2013) Morphology, chemistry and function of the postpharyngeal gland in the South American digger wasps Trachypus boharti and Trachypus elongatus. PLoS ONE 8(12): e82780. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0082780.

Uma D, Durkee C, Herzner G, Weiss M (accepted) Double deception: ant-micking spiders elude both visually- and chemically-oriented predators. PLOS ONE 8 (11): e79660.

Herzner G, Schlecht A, Dollhofer V, Parzefall C, Harrar K, Kreuzer A, Pilsl L, Ruther J (2013) Larvae of the parasitoid wasp Ampulex compressa sanitize their host, the American cockroach, with a blend of antimicrobials. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the USA 110 (4): 1369-1374.

Schmid VS, Kaltenpoth M, Strohm E, Heinze J (2013) Worker self-restraint and policing maintain the queen's reproductive monopoly in a pseudomyrmecine ant. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 67: 571-581.

Kautz S, Ballhorn DJ, Kroiss J, Pauls SU, Moreau CS, Eilmus S, Strohm E, Heil M (2012) Host plant use by competing Acacia-ants: Mutualists monopolize while parasites share hosts. PLoS ONE 7 (5): e37691. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0037691.

Kaltenpoth M, Showers Corneli P, Dunn DM, Weiss RB, Strohm E, Seger J (2012) Accelerated evolution of mitochondrial but not nuclear genomes of Hymenoptera: New evidence from crabronid wasps. PLoS ONE 7 (3): e32826. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0032826

Kaltenpoth M, Yildirim E, Gürbüz M, Herzner G, Strohm E (2012) Refining the roots of the beewolf-Streptomyces symbiosis: Antennal symbionts in the rare genus Philanthinus (Hymenoptera, Crabronidae). Applied and Environmental Microbiology 78 (3): 822-827

Weissel N, Mitesser O, Poethke HJ, Strohm E (2012) Availability and depletion of fat reserves in halictid foundress queens with a focus on solitary nest founding. Insectes Sociaux 59: 67-74.

Herzner G, Engl T, Strohm E (2011). The cryptic combat against competing microbes is a costly component of parental care in a digger wasp. Animal Behaviour 82: 321-328.

Herzner G, Ruther J, Goller S, Schulz S, Goettler W, Strohm E (2011) Structure, chemical composition and putative function of the postpharyngeal gland of the Emerald cockroach wasp, Ampulex compressa (Hymenoptera, Ampulicidae). Zoology 114: 36-45.

Strohm E (2011) How can cleptoparasitic drosophilid flies emerge from the closed brood cells of the red Mason bee? Physiological Entomology 36: 77-83

Radmacher S, Strohm E (2011) Effects of constant and fluctuating temperatures on the development of the solitary bee Osmia bicornis (Hymenoptera: Megachilidae). Apidologie 42 (6): 711-720.

Kaltenpoth M, Schmitt T, Polidori C, Koedam D, Strohm E (2010) Symbiotic streptomycetes in antennal glands of the South American digger wasp genus Trachypus (Hymenoptera, Crabronidae) Physiological Entomology 35, 196-200

Kroiss J, Lechner K, Strohm E (2010). Male territoriality and mating system of the European beewolf Philanthus triangulum F. (Hymenoptera, Crabronidae) – evidence for a "hot-spot" lek polygyny. Journal of Ethology 28: 295‑304 doi: 10.1007/s10164‑009‑0185‑5

Kroiss J, Kaltenpoth M, Schneider B, Schwinger M, Hertweck C, Maddula R, Strohm E, Svatoš A (2010). Symbiotic streptomycetes provide antimicrobial combination prophylaxis for wasp offspring. Nature Chemical Biology 6: 261‑263 doi: 10.1038NCHEMBIO.331

Roeser-Mueller K, Strohm E, Kaltenpoth M (2010). Larval rearing temperature influences amount and composition of the marking pheromone of the male beewolf (Philanthus triangulum). Journal of Insect Science 10:74, available online:

Strohm E, Kaltenpoth M, Herzner G (2010) Is the postpharyngeal gland of a solitary digger wasp homologous to ants? Evidence from chemistry and physiology. Insectes Sociaux 57:285-291.

Brunner E, Kroiss J, Heinze J (2009). Chemical correlates of reproduction and worker policing in a myrmicine ant. Journal of Insect Physiology 55: 19‑26 doi: 10.1016/j.jinsphys.2008.09.006

Findley K, Rodriguez‑Carres M, Metin B, Kroiss J, Fonseca A, Vilgalys R, Heitman J (2009). Phylogeny and phenotypic characterization of pathogenic Cryptococcus species and closely related saprobic taxa in the Tremellales. Eukaryotic Cell 8: 353‑361 doi:10.1128/EC.00373‑08

Kaltenpoth M, Goettler W, Koehler S, Strohm E (2009) Life cycle and population dynamics of a protective insect symbiont reveal severe bottlenecks during vertical transmission. Evolutionary Ecology DOI 10.1007/s10682-009-9319-z.

Kaltenpoth M, Schmitt T, Strohm E (2009) Hydrocarbons in the antennal gland secretion of female European beewolves, Philanthus triangulum (Hymenoptera: Crabronidae). Chemoecology 19: 219-225

Kaltenpoth, M., Winter, S. & Kleinhammer, A. (2009) Localization and transmission route of Coriobacterium glomerans, the endosymbiont of pyrrhocorid bugs. FEMS Microbiology Ecology 69 (3): 373-383.

Kroiss J, Schmitt T, Strohm E (2009) Low level of cuticular hydrocarbons in a parasitoid of a solitary digger wasp and its potential for concealment. Entomological Science 12: 9-16

Kroiss J, Strohm E, Vandenbem C, Vigneron J‑P (2009). An epicuticular multilayer generates the iridescent coloration in chrysidid wasps (Hymenoptera, Chrysididae). Naturwissenschaften 96: 983‑986 doi: 10.1007/s00114‑009‑0553‑6

Radmacher S, Strohm E (2009 online) Factors affecting offspring body size in the solitary bee Osmia bicornis (Hymenoptera, Megachilidae). Apidologie DOI: 10.1051/apido/2009064

Weil T, Hoffmann K, Kroiss J, Strohm E, Korb J (2009). Scent of a queen ‑ qualitative differences in the cuticular hydrocarbon composition characterize female reproductives in a lower termite. Naturwissenschaften 96: 315‑319 doi:10.1007/s00114‑008‑0475‑8

Kroiss J, Bordon S, Strohm E (2008). Hydrocarbons in the nest material of a solitary digger wasp represent a kairomone for a specialized cuckoo wasp. Animal Behaviour 76: 1555-1563.

Strohm E, Herzner G, Kaltenpoth M, Boland W, Schreier P, Geiselhardt S, Peschke K, Schmitt T (2008). The chemistry of the postpharyngeal gland of female European beewolves (Hymenoptera: Crabronidae). Journal of Chemical Ecology 34: 575-583.

Goettler W, Strohm E (2008). Mandibular glands of male European Beewolves, Philanthus triangulum (Hymenoptera, Crabronidae). Arthropod Structure & Development 37: 363-371

Kroiss J (2008). Chemische Tarnkappe bei einem spezialisierten Brutparasiten des Bienenwolfs. Naturwissenschaftliche Rundschau 61(4): 191-193

Oppelt A, Spitzenpfeil N, Kroiss J, Heinze J (2008). The significance of intercolonial variation of cuticular hydrocarbons for inbreeding avoidance in ant sexuals. Animal Behaviour 76: 1029‑1034 doi:10.1016/j.anbehav.2008.05.020

Strohm E, Kroiss J, Herzner G, Laurien-Kehnen C, Boland W, Schreier P, Schmitt T (2008). A cuckoo in wolves' clothing? Chemical mimicry in a specialized cuckoo wasp of the European beewolf (Hymenoptera, Chrysididae and Crabronidae). Frontiers in Zoology 5:2.

Mitesser O, Weissel N, Strohm E, Poethke HJ (2007). Optimal investment allocation in primetively eusocial bees: a balance model based on resource limitation of the queen. Insectes Sociaux 54: 234-241

Mitesser O, Weissel N, Strohm E, Poethke HJ (2007). Adaptive dynamic resource allocation in annual eusocial insects: Environmental variation will not necessarily promote graded control. BMC Ecology 7: 16

Kaltenpoth M, Kroiss J, Strohm E (2007) The odor of origin: kinship and geographical distance are reflected in the marking pheromone of male beewolves (Philanthus triangulum F., Hymenoptera, Crabronidae). BMC Ecology 7:11.

Herzner G, Goettler W, Kroiss J, Purea A, Webb A, Jakob PM., Rössler W, Strohm E (2007) Males of a solitary wasp possess a postpharyngeal gland. Arthropod Structure & Development 36: 123-133.

Schmitt T, Herzner G, Weckerle B, Schreier P, Strohm E (2007). Volatiles of foraging honeybees Apis mellifera L. (Hymenoptera: Apidae) and their potential role as semiochemicals. Apidologie 38 (2): 164-170.

Strohm E, Herzner G, Goettler W. (2007) A "social" gland in a solitary wasp? The postpharyngeal gland of female European beewolves (Hymenoptera, Crabronidae). Arthropod Structure & Development 36: 113-122.

Herzner G, Schmitt T, Peschke K, Hilpert A, Strohm E (2007). Food wrapping with the post pharyngeal gland secretion by females of the european beewolf Philanthus triangulum. Journal of Chemical Ecology 33 (4): 849-859.

Herzner G, Strohm E (2007). Fighting fungi with physics: food wrapping by a solitary wasp prevents water condensation. Current Biology 17: R46-R47.

Goettler W, Kaltenpoth M, Herzner G, Strohm E (2007). Morphology and ultrastructure of a bacteria cultivation organ: The antennal glands of female European beewolves, Philanthus triangulum (Hymenoptera, Crabronidae). Arthropod Structure & Development 36: 1-9.

Kroiss J, Schmitt T, Schreier P, Strohm E, Herzner G (2006). A selfish function of a social gland? A postpharyngeal gland functions as sex pheromone reservoir in males of a solitary wasp. Journal of Chemical Ecology 32: 2763-2776.

Mitesser O, Weissel N, Strohm E, Poethke HJ (2006) The evolution of activity breaks in the nest cycle of annual eusocial bees: A model of delayed exponential growth. BMC Evolutionary Biology 6 (45), 1-12.

Weissel N, Mitesser O, Liebig J, Poethke HJ, Strohm E (2006) The influence of soil temperature on the nesting cycle of the halictid bee Lasioglossum malachurum. Insectes Sociaux 53 (4), 390-398.

Kaltenpoth, M. (2006) Symbiotische Streptomyces-Bakterien in Grabwespen. Naturwissenschaftliche Rundschau 59 (11): 618-619.

Kaltenpoth, M., Strohm, E. (2006). The scent of senescence: Age-dependent changes in the composition of the marking pheromone of the male European beewolf (Philanthus triangulum, Hymenoptera, Crabronidae). Journal of Insect Science 6:20.

Kaltenpoth, M., Göttler, W., Dale, C., Stubblefield, J.W., Herzner, G., Roeser-Mueller, K., and Strohm, E. (2006) 'Candidatus Streptomyces philanthi', an endosymbiotic streptomycete in the antennae of Philanthus digger wasps. International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology 56 (6): 1403-1411.

Herzner, G., Schmitt, T., Heckel, F., Schreier, P. and Strohm, E. (2006). Brothers smell similar: Variation in the sex pheromone of male European Beewolves and its implications for inbreeding avoidance. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 89: 433-442.

Kaltenpoth, M. (2005). Life history and morphometry of the Chinese praying mantis, Tenodera aridifolia sinensis (Blattopteroidea: Mantodea). Entomologia Generalis 28 (1): 1-16.

Herzner, G., Schmitt, T., Linsenmair, K. E. and Strohm, E. (2005). Prey recognition by females of the European beewolf and its potential for a sensory trap. Animal Behaviour 70, 1411-1418.

Kaltenpoth, M. (2005). Bakterien schützen Wespen-Nachwuchs vor Pilzbefall. Naturwissenschaftliche Rundschau 58: 329-330.

Kaltenpoth, M., Göttler, W., Herzner, G. and Strohm, E. (2005). Symbiotic bacteria protect wasp larvae from fungal infestation. Current Biology 15: 475-479.

Kaltenpoth, M., Strohm, E. and Gadau, J. (2004). Polymorphic microsatellite markers for a solitary digger wasp, the European beewolf (Philanthus triangulum; Hymenoptera, Sphecidae). Molecular Ecology Notes 4: 589-592.

Strohm, E. and Bordon-Hauser, A. (2003). Advantages and disadvantages of large colony size in a halictid bee: the queen's perspective, Behavioral Ecology 14, 546-553.

Strohm, E. and Daniels, W. (2003). Ultrastructure meets reproductive success: performance of a sphecid wasp is correlated with the fine structure of the flight-muscle mitochondria, Proc. R. Soc. Lond. Ser. B-Biol. Sci. 270, 749-754.

Schmitt, T., Strohm, E., Herzner, G., Bicchi, C., Krammer, G., Heckel, F. and Schreier, P. (2003). (S)-2,3-dihydrofarnesoic acid, a new component in cephalic glands of male european beewolves Philanthus triangulum, J. Chem. Ecol. 29, 2469-2479.

Herzner, G., Schmitt, T., Linsenmair, K. E. and Strohm, E. (2003). Flagellar sensilla in male and female European beewolves, Philanthus triangulum F. (Hymenoptera : Sphecidae), Entomol. Fenn. 14, 237-247.

Strohm, E., Daniels, H., Warmers, C. and Stoll, C. (2002b). Nest provisioning and a possible cost of reproduction in the megachilid bee Osmia rufa studied by a new observation method, Ethol. Ecol. Evol. 14, 255-268.

Strohm, E. and Marliani, A. (2002). The cost of parental care: Prey hunting in a digger wasp, Behavioral Ecology 13, 52-58.

Strohm, E., Schmitt, T., Herzner, G. and Schreier, P. (2002a). Wolves in sheep's fur? Chemical camouflage in the European beewolf and its major brood parasitoid, Zoology Jena 105, 30.

Strohm, E. and Linsenmair, K. E. (2001). Females of the European beewolf preserve their honeybee prey against competing fungi, Ecological Entomology 26, 198-203.

Strohm, E. (2001). Females of the European beewolf preserve their larval provisions against competing fungi, Zoology Jena 103, 52.

Strohm, E., Laurien, K. C. and Bordon, S. (2001). Escape from parasitism: Spatial and temporal strategies of a sphecid wasp against a specialised cuckoo wasp, Oecologia Berlin 129, 50-57.

Strohm, E. and Lechner, K. (2000). Male size does not affect territorial behaviour and life history traits in a sphecid wasp, Animal Behaviour 59, 183-191.

Strohm, E. and Linsenmair, K. E. (2000). Allocation of parental investment among individual offspring in the European beewolf Philanthus triangulum F. (Hymenoptera: Sphecidae), Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 69, 173-192.

Strohm, E. (2000). Factors affecting body size and fat content in a digger wasp, Oecologia Berlin 123, 184-191.

Strohm, E. and Linsenmair, K. E. (1999). Measurement of parental investment and sex allocation in the European beewolf Philanthus triangulum F. (Hymenoptera: Sphecidae), Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 47, 76-88.

Strohm, E. and Linsenmair, K. E. (1998). Temperature dependence of provisioning behaviour and investment allocation in the European beewolf Philanthus triangulum F, Ecological Entomology 23, 330-339.

Strohm, E. and Linsenmair, K. E. (1997). Low resource availability causes extremely male-biased investment ratios in the European beewolf, Philanthus triangulum F. (Hymenoptera, Sphecidae), Proceedings of the Royal Society of London Series B Biological Sciences 264, 423-429.

Strohm, E. and Linsemair, K. E. (1997). Female size affects provisioning and sex allocation in a digger wasp, Animal Behaviour 54, 23-34.

Strohm, E. (1995). Allokation elterlicher Investitionen beim Europäischen Bienenwolf Philanthus triangulum Fabricius (Hymenoptera: Sphecidae). Berlin: Verlag Dr. Köster.

Strohm, E. and Linsenmair, K. E. (1994/95). Leaving the cradle: How beewolves (Philanthus triangulum F.) obtain the necessary spatial information for emergence, Zoology Jena 98, 137-146.