Cleptoparasitism | definition of cleptoparasitism by Medical dictionary
cleptoparasitism the habit of stealing food material from another animal.
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Reduction of miltogrammine cleptoparasitism
by male Oxybelus subulatus (Hymenoptera: Sphecidae).
gathered additional information about foraging efficiency, prey size, age-related behaviour, and cleptoparasitism.
Some fish consumed by White-tailed Eagles were initially caught by Ospreys and overtaken by cleptoparasitism: the proportion was 6% in 2001 (n = 35) and 44% in 2003 (n = 9).
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).