cleptoparasitism

cleptoparasitism

the habit of stealing food material from another animal.
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In spite of high cleptoparasitism, the sphecid population remained high during the observation years.
Agastoparasitism occurs in a variety of organisms but appears to be particularly common in the aculeate Hymenoptera, showing up as social parasitism and (primary) cleptoparasitism in numerous different lineages (Bischoff 1927; Michener 1970, 1977, 1978; Askew 1971: Wilson 1971; Gauld and Bolton 1988; Alexander 1990; Holldobler and Wilson 1990).