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Animal Cognition, Communication and Neuroethology

Rossi NBaracchi D, Giurfa M, d’Ettorre P (2018)  Pheromone-induced accuracy of nestmate recognition in Carpenter ants: simultaneous decrease in Type I and Type II Errors  . The American Naturalist. 193(2) xxx † First joining authors

Avargues-Weber A, d’Amaro D, Metzler M, Finke V, Baracchi D, Dyer AG (2018) Does holistic processing require a large brain? Insights from honeybees and wasps in fine visual recognition tasks Frontiers in Psychology. 9:1313.

Branconi LBaracchi D, Turillazzi S, Cervo R (2018) Testing the signal value of clypeal black patterning in an italian population of the paper wasp Polistes dominulaInsectes Sociaux 1-9. † First joining authors

Baracchi D, Rigosi E, de Brito Sanchez G, Giurfa M (2018) Lateralization of sucrose responsiveness and non-associative learning in honeybees. Frontiers in Psychology. 9: 425.

Baracchi D, Vasas V, Jamshed Iqbal S, Alem S (2017) Task difficulty and uncertainty affect social information use in foraging bumblebees. Behavioral Ecology. 29 (1):186-192.

Desmedt L, Baracchi D, Devaud JM, Giurfa M, d’Ettorre P (2017) Aversive learning of odour-heat associations in ants. Journal of Experimental Biology. 161737.

Baracchi D, Devaud JM, d’Ettorre P, Giurfa M (2017) Pheromones modulate reward responsiveness and non-associative learning in honeybees. Scientific Reports 7(1): 9875.

Baracchi D, Lihoreau, M, Giurfa M (2017) Do insects have emotions? Some insights from bumble bees. Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience 11: 157.

Baracchi D, Marples A, Jenkins AJ, Leitch AR, Chittka L (2017) Nicotine in floral nectar pharmacologically influences bumblebee learning of floral features. Scientific Reports 7: 1951.

Baracchi D, Turillazzi S, Chittka L (2016) Facial patterns in a tropical social wasp correlate with colony membership. The Science of Nature 103: 80.

Baracchi D, Petrocelli I, Chittka L,  Ricciardi G, Turillazzi S (2015) Speed and accuracy in nestmate recognition: an hover wasp prioritises face recognition over colony odour cues to minimise intrusion by outsiders. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 282: 20142750. Science Shot: (DOI: 10.1126/science.aaa7796)

Baracchi D, Brown MJF, Chittka L (2015) Behavioural evidence for self-medication in bumblebees? F1000Research 4:73.

Baracchi D, Petrocelli I, Cusseau G, Pizzocaro L, Teseo S, Turillazzi S (2013) Facial markings in the hover wasps: quality signals and familiar recognition cues in two species of Stenogastrinae. Animal Behaviour 85: 203-212


Collective Defences and Behaviours in Social insects 

Baracchi D, (2017) The reproductive division of labour but not worker age affects spatial sorting within the nest in a paper wasp. Insectes Sociaux 1-7.

Baracchi D, Tragust S (2015) (BOOK CHAPTER) Venom as a component of external immune defence in Hymenoptera. In: Evolution of Venomuos Animals and Their Toxins. P. Gopalakrishnakone P., Malhotra A. (Eds). ISBN 978-94-007-6727-0. Springer

Baracchi D, Cini A (2014) A socio-spatial combined approach confirms a highly compartmentalized structure in honeybees. Ethology 120: 1167-1176

Baracchi D, Turillazzi S, Felicioli A (2014) (BOOK CHAPTER) Le difese naturali della colonia di api contro le malattie. In: Patologia ed avversità dell’alveare. Carnapa E, Lodesani M (Eds). ISBN 978-88-470-5649-7. 

Baracchi D, Mazza G, Michelucci E, Pieraccini G, Turillazzi S, Moneti G (2013) Top-down sequencing of Apis dorsata apamin by MALDI-TOF MS and evidence of its inactivity against microorganisms. Toxicon 71: 105-112

Baracchi D, Mazza G, Cini A, Petrocelli I, Hashim RB, Turillazzi S (2013) Social biology of Parischnogaster striatula (Hymenoptera, Stenogastrinae). Tropical Zoology 26: 105-119

Baracchi D, Fadda A, Turillazzi S (2012) Evidence for antiseptic behaviour towards sick adult bees in honey bee colonies. Journal of Insect Physiology 58: 1589-1596

Baracchi D, Mazza G, Turillazzi S (2012) From individual to collective immunity: the role of the venom as antimicrobial agent in the Stenogastrinae wasp societies. Journal of Insect Physiology 58: 188-193

Baracchi D, Francese S, Turillazzi S (2011) Beyond the antipredatory defence: honey bee venom function as a component of social immunity. Toxicon 58: 219-229

Baracchi D, Turillazzi S (2010) Differences in venom and cuticular peptides in individuals of Apis mellifera (Hymenoptera: Apidae) determined by MALDI-TOF MS. Journal of Insect Physiology 56: 366-375

Baracchi D, Cusseau G, Pradella D, Turillazzi S (2010) Defense reaction of Apis mellifera ligustica against the attacks of the European Hornet Vespa crabro. Ethology Ecology & Evolution 22: 281-294

Baracchi D, Zaccaroni M, Cervo R, Turillazzi S (2010) Home range analysis in the study of spatial organization on the comb in the paper wasp Polistes dominulusEthology 116: 579-587

Baracchi D, Hashim R, Teseo S, Turillazzi S (2009) Basic social biology and nest architecture of Liostenogaster topographica (Hymenopetra Stenogastrinae). Tropical Zoology 22: 15-23

Turillazzi S, Fanelli D, Theodora P, Lambardi D, Ortolani I, Hashim R, Baracchi D (2008) Determinants of immature brood and nest recognition in a stenogastrine wasp. Ethology Ecology & Evolution 20: 17-33

Baracchi D, Turillazzi S, Cervo R (2007) Preliminary investigation on Polistes dominulus worker’ spatial distribution on the nest in relation to immature brood position Redia 90: 139-142



Bakar NAA, Baracchi D, Turillazzi S (2016) Reuse of old nests by the European paper wasp Polistes dominula (Hymenoptera Vespidae). Redia 98: 21-24

Turillazzi S, Matthews RW, Pradella D, Meucci F, Baracchi D (2014) Nest architecture and colony composition of communally nesting Spilomena socialis sp. n. (Hymenoptera, Crabronidae, Pemphredoninae) from peninsular Malaysia. Journal of Hymenoptera Research 41: 113-129

Dapporto L, Baracchi D, Benassai D, Capretti P, Roversi PF, Turillazzi S (2013) Major changes in the sex differences in cuticular chemical profiles of the western conifer seed bug (Leptoglossus occidentalis) after laboratory rearing. Journal of Insect Physiology 59: 738-744

Mancini V, Dapporto L, Baracchi D, Luchi N, Turillazzi S, Capretti P (2013) Phenotypic characterization of cryptic Diplodiaspecies by MALDI‐TOF MS and the bias of mycelium age. Forest Pathology 43: 455-461

Gramigni E, Calusi S, Gelli N, Giuntini L, Massi M, Delfino G, Chelazzi G, Baracchi D, Frizzi F, Santini G (2013) Ants as bioaccumulators of metals from soils: body content and tissue-specific distribution of metals in the ant Crematogaster scutellarisEuropean Journal of Soil Biology 58: 24-31.

Mazza G, Arizza V, Baracchi D, et al.(2011) Antimicrobial activity of the Red Palm Weevil Rhynchophorus ferrugineusBullettin of Insectology 64: 33-41

Baracchi D, Dapporto L, Turillazzi S (2011) Relevance of wing morphology in distinguishing and classifying genera and species of Stenogastrinae wasps. Contribution to Zoology 80: 191-199

Baracchi D, Dapporto L, Teseo S, Hashim R, Turillazzi S (2010) Medium molecular weight polar substances of the cuticle as tools in the study of the taxonomy, systematics and chemical ecology of tropical hover wasps (Hymenoptera: Stenogastrinae). Journal of Zoological Systematics and Evolutionary Research 48: 109-114

Dapporto L, Bruschini C, Baracchi D, Cini A, Gayubo S, González JA, Dennis RLH (2009) Phylogeography and counter-intuitive inferences in island biogeography: evidence from morphometric markers in the mobile butterfly Maniola jurtina (Linnaeus) (Lepidoptera, Nymphalidae). Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 98: 677-692


- F1000 Recommendations (Commentary with DOI)

[9] Chittka L, Baracchi D: F1000Prime Recommendation of [Gibson WT et al., Curr Biol 2015, (25):1401-15]. In F1000Prime, 23Jul 2015; DOI: 10.3410/f.725503669.793508177.

[8] Chittka L, Baracchi D: F1000Prime Recommendation of [Szyszka P et al., Proc Natl Acad Sci USA2014, (47):16925-30]. In F1000Prime, 04 Mar 2015; DOI: 10.3410/f.725231800. 793504461.

[7] Chittka L, Baracchi D: F1000Prime Recommendation of [Otti O et al., Trends Ecol Evol (Amst) 2014, 29(11):625-34]. In F1000Prime, 19 Dec 2014; DOI: 10.3410/f.719130149.793502500.

[6] Chittka L, Baracchi D: F1000Prime Recommendation of [Sheehan MJ and Nachman MW, Nat Commun 2014, 5(4800)]. In F1000Prime, 31 Oct 2014; DOI: 10.3410/f.718877905.793501089.

[5] Chittka L, Baracchi D: F1000Prime Recommendation of [Van Oystaeyen A et al., Science 2014, 343(6168):287-90]. In F1000Prime, 25 Apr 2014; DOI: 10.3410/f.718241916.793493967.

[4] Chittka L, Baracchi D: F1000Prime Recommendation of [Fürst MA et al., Nature 2014, 506(7488):364 6]. In F1000Prime, 24 Feb 2014; DOI: 10.3410/f.718282911.793491217.

[3] Chittka L, Baracchi D: F1000Prime Recommendation of [de Brito Sanchez M et al., Front Behav Neurosci 2014, 8:1-16]. In F1000Prime, 11 Feb 2014; DOI: 10.3410/f.718270012.793490643.

[2] Chittka L, Baracchi D: F1000Prime Recommendation of [Johnson BR et al., Curr Biol 2013]. In F1000Prime, 25 Oct 2013; DOI: 10.3410/f.718133764.793485646.

[1] Chittka L, Baracchi D: F1000Prime Recommendation of [Greggers U et al., Proc Biol Sci 2013, 280(1759):20130528]. In F1000Prime, 22 Jun 2013; DOI: 10.3410/f.717992980.793478441


- Outreach papers

[22] Baracchi D, Tufano L, (2018) Ape, patogeni e nattari floreali: un sistema complesso APINSIEME n°1

[21] Tufano L, Baracchi D (2016) Nomadismo esalute delle api. APINSIEME n°8

[20] Tufano L, Baracchi D (2016) Pro e prebiotici agiscono su Nosema ceranae? APINSIEME n°1

[19] Tufano L, Baracchi D (2015) Vitellogenina e senilità nell’ape e nell’alveare II. APITALIA n°11

[18] Tufano L, Baracchi D (2015) Vitellogenina e senilità nell’ape e nell’alveare I. APITALIA n°10

[17] Baracchi D (2015) Nettari floreali e automedicazione negli impollinatori. APITALIA n°9

[16] Tufano L, Baracchi D (2015) Il sistema immunitario dell’ape e dell’alveare II. APITALIA n°6

[15] Tufano L, Baracchi D (2015) Il sistema immunitario dell’ape e dell’alveare I. APITALIA n°5

[14] Tufano L, Baracchi D (2015) L’organizzazione socio-spaziale dell’alveare. APITALIA n° 3

[13] Savorelli G, Tufano L, Baracchi D (2014) Il capitale proteico dell’alveare. APITALIA n°V7

[12] Tufano L, Savorelli G, Baracchi D (2014) Disponibilità di polline nell’alveare. APITALIA n°6

[11] Baracchi D, Savorellli G (2014) Gli effetti di carenza di polline sull’alveare. APITALIA n°4

[10] Savorelli G, Tufano L, Baracchi D (2014) Immunità d’ape, patogeni e pascolo. APITALIA n°1

[9] Baracchi D (2013) La lotta tra api igieniste e la coppia varroa-virus delle ali deformi. L’APIS

[8] Baracchi D (2013) Il veleno me lo metto addosso e sul favo! L’APIS

[7] Savorelli G, Baracchi D (2013) Speciale: Peste americana e Nosema ceranae. Apitalia On-line

[6] Baracchi D, Savorelli G (2013) La situazione sanitaria delle api.  APITALIA n° 6

[5] Savorelli G, Baracchi D (2013) Il destino dell’ape ai giorni nostri.  APITALIA n° 11

[4] Baracchi D, Savorelli G (2013) Coevoluzione ospite-parassita ape-nosema.  APITALIA n° 6

[3] Baracchi D (2013) Anche le colonie di api hanno personalità. Apitalia On-line

[2] Baracchi D (2013) L’immunità dell’alveare. APITALIA n° 1

[1] Baracchi D (2012) Quando il mondo delle api incontra quello dei calabroni. APITALIA n° 12 


Lateralization of sucrose responsiveness and non-associative learning in honeybees
D Baracchi, E Rigosi, G de Brito Sanchez, M Giurfa
Frontiers in psychology 9, 425


Testing the signal value of clypeal black patterning in an Italian population of the paper wasp Polistes dominula

R Branconi, D Baracchi, S Turillazzi, R Cervo
Insectes Sociaux 65 (1), 161-169


Pheromone-Induced Accuracy of Nestmate Recognition in Carpenter Ants: Simultaneous Decrease in Type I and Type II Errors

N Rossi, D Baracchi, M Giurfa, P d’Ettorre
The American Naturalist 193 (2), 000-000

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