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Cini, A., Benetello, F., Platania, L., Bordoni, A., Boschi, S., Franci, E., ... & Dapporto, L. (2021). A sunny spot: habitat management through vegetation cuts increases oviposition in abandoned fields in an endemic Mediterranean butterfly. Insect Conservation and Diversity.

Cappa, F., Cini, A., Meriggi, N., Poidatz, J., Thiéry, D., & Cervo, R. (2021). Immune competence of the invasive hornet Vespa velutina and its native counterpart Vespa crabro: a comparison across caste and sex. Entomologia Generalis.

Rozanski, A. N., Cini, A., Lopreto, T. E., Gandia, K. M., Hauber, M. E., Cervo, R., & Uy, F. M. (2021). Differential investment in visual and olfactory brain regions is linked to the sensory needs of a wasp social parasite and its host. Journal of Comparative Neurology.

Cini, A., Casacci, L. P., & Nehring, V. (2021). Uncovering variation in social insect communication. Current Zoology, 67(5), 515-518.

Sistri, G., Menchetti, M., Santini, L., Pasquali, L., Sapienti, S., Cini, A., ... & Dapporto, L. (2021). The isolated Erebia pandrose Apennine population is genetically unique and endangered by climate change. Insect Conservation and Diversity.

Pusceddu, M., Cini, A., Alberti, S., Salaris, E., Theodorou, P., Floris, I., & Satta, A. (2021). Honey bees increase social distancing when facing the ectoparasite Varroa destructor. Science advances, 7(44), eabj1398.

Cappa, F., Cini, A., Bortolotti, L., Poidatz, J., & Cervo, R. (2021). Hornets and Honey Bees: A Coevolutionary Arms Race between Ancient Adaptations and New Invasive Threats. Insects, 12(11), 1037.

Brock, R., Cini A., Sumner S. (2021). Ecosystem services provided by aculeate wasps. Biological Reviews, Doi: 10.1111/brv.12719


Cini, A. *, Benetello, F. *, Platania, L. *, Bordoni, A., Boschi, S., Franci, E., ... & Dapporto, L. (2021). A sunny spot: habitat management through vegetation cuts increases oviposition in abandoned fields in an endemic Mediterranean butterfly. Insect Conservation and Diversity. Doi: 10.1111/icad.12489


Taylor B, Cini A, Wyatt C, Reuter M, Seirian S. (2021). The molecular basis of socially-mediated phenotypic plasticity in a eusocial paper wasp. Nature Communications. 12(1), 1-10.


Menchetti M, Talavera G, Cini A, Salvati V, Dincă V, Platania L, Bonelli S, Balletto E, Vila R,  Dapporto L. (2021). Two ways to be endemic. Alps and Apennines are different functional refugia during climatic cycles. Molecular Ecology 30(5), 1297-1310. Doi:10.1111/mec.15795


Cini A., Meriggi N., Bacci G., Cappa F., Vitali F., Cavalieri D., Cervo R. (in press) Gut microbial composition in different castes and developmental stages of the invasive hornet Vespa velutina nigrithorax. Science of the Total Environment.  Di: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2020.140873.

Cini A., Bordoni A., Petrocelli I., Cappa F., Pitzalis M., Iovinella I., Dani F.R. Turillazzi S., Cervo R. (2020). Increased immunocompetence and network centrality of allogroomer workers suggest a link between individual and social immunity in honeybees. Scientific Report (in press) 10.1038/s41598-020-65780-w

Cini A., Barbero F., Bonelli S., Bruschini C., Casacci P.L., Piazzini S., Scalercio S., Dapporto L. (2020). The decline of the charismatic Parnassius mnemosyne (L.) (Lepidoptera: Papilionidae) in a Central Italy national park: a call for urgent actions 16(2): 47-54.

Taylor B.A., Cini A., Cervo R., Reuter M., Sumner S. (2020). Queen succession conflict in the paper wasp Polistes dominula is mitigated by age-based convention. Behavioral Ecology (In press).


Cini A., Branconi R., Patalano S., Cervo R., Sumner S. (2020). Behavioural and neurogenomic responses of host workers to social parasite invasion in a social insect. Insectes Sociaux. 67:295–308. doi:


Cappa F., Cini A., Signorotti L., Cervo R (2020). Rethinking recognition: social context in adult life rather than early experience shapes recognition in a social wasp. Philosophical Transaction R. Soc. B 375:20190468.

Scalercio S.*, Cini A. *, Menchetti M. *, Vodă R. *, Bonelli S., Bordoni A., ... & Dapporto L. (2020). How long is 3 km for a butterfly? Ecological constraints and functional traits explain high mitochondrial genetic diversity between Sicily and the Italian Peninsula. Journal of Animal Ecology.

Cappa F., Petrocelli I., Cini A., Pepiciello I., Giovannini M., Lazzeri A.M., Perito B., Turillazzi S., Cervo R., (2020). Immunity of honeybee guards reflects their transition from house bees to foragers. Ethology Ecology Evolution, 32(3), 289-295

Santosuosso U., Cini A., Papini A. (2020). Tracing outliers in the dataset of Drosophila suzukii records with the Isolation Forest method. Journal of Big Data, 7,14.

Cini A., Cappa F., Pepiciello I., Platania L., Dapporto L., Cervo R. (2019). Sight in a clique, scent in society: plasticity in the use of nestmate recognition cues along colony development in the social wasp Polistes dominula. Frontiers Ecology Evolution, 7:444.

Cappa F.*, Cini A.*, Pepiciello I.*, Petrocelli I.*, Inghilesi A.F., Anfora G., Dani F.R., Bortolotti L., Wen. P., Cervo. R. (2019). Female volatiles as sex attractants in the invasive population of Vespa velutina nigrithorax. Journal of Insect Physiology, 119, 103952.


Dapporto L*., Cini A.*, Vodă R.*, Dincă* V., Wiemers M., Menchetti M., ... & Vila R. (2019). Integrating three comprehensive datasets shows that mitochondrial DNA variation is linked to species traits and paleogeographic events in European butterflies. Molecular ecology resources, 19(6), 1623-1636.


Cini A, Sumner A, Cervo R (2019). Inquiline social parasites as tools to unlock the secrets of insect sociality - Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B


Iovinella I, Cappa F, Cini A, Petrocelli I, Cervo R, Turillazzi S, Dani FR (2018). Antennal protein profile in honeybees: caste and task matter more than age. Frontiers in physiology 9


M Molfini, L Redolfi de Zan, A Campanaro, S Rossi de Gasperis, al (2018). A first assessment of genetic variability in the longhorn beetle Rosalia alpina (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae) from the Italian Apennines. The European Zoological Journal 85 (1), 36-45

Cini A, Bordoni A, Ghisolfi G, Lazzaro L, Platania L, Pasquali L, Negroni R, et al (2018). Host plant selection and differential survival on two Aristolochia L. species in an insular population of Zerynthia cassandra. Journal of Insect Conservation, 1-8

Pepiciello I, Cini A, Nieri R, Mazzoni V, Cervo R (2018). Adult–larval vibrational communication in paper wasps: the role of abdominal wagging in Polistes dominula. Journal of Experimental Biology 221 (20), jeb186247

Cappa, F., Cini, A., Pepiciello, I., Petrocelli, I., & Cervo, R. (2018). Female body size, weight and fat storage rather than nestmateship determine male attraction in the invasive yellow-legged hornet Vespa velutina nigrithorax. Ethology Ecology & Evolution, 1-13.

Miller, S. E., Bluher, S. E., Bell, E., Cini, A., da Silva, R. C., de Souza, A. R., ... & Pruitt, J. N. (2018). WASP nest: A worldwide assessment of social Polistine nesting behavior. Ecology.

Sumner, S., Law, G., & Cini, A. (2018). Why we love bees and hate wasps. Ecological Entomology.

Iovinella, I., Cappa, F., Cini, A., Petrocelli, I., Cervo, R., Turillazzi, S., & Dani, F. R. (2018). Antennal Protein Profile in Honeybees: Caste and Task Matter More Than Age. Frontiers in physiology, 9.

Cini, A., Cappa, F., Petrocelli, I., Pepiciello, I., Bortolotti, L., & Cervo, R. (2018). Competition between the native and the introduced hornets Vespa crabro and Vespa velutina: a comparison of potentially relevant life‐history traits. Ecological Entomology.  DOI: 10.1111/een.12507


M. Molfini, L. Redolfi de Zan, A. Campanaro, S. Rossi de Gasperis, F. Mosconi, S. Chiari, A. Cini, G. Antonini, E. Solano, P. A. Audisio, P. F. Roversi, G. Sabbatini Peverieri, G. M. Carpaneto, F. Mason, M. A. Bologna & E. Mancini (2018). A first assessment of genetic variability in the longhorn beetle Rosalia alpina (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae) from the Italian Apennines. The European Zoological Journal Vol. 85, Iss. 1


Tait, G., Vezzulli, S., Sassù, F., Antonini, G., Biondi, A., Baser, N., Sollai, G., Cini, A., Tonina, L., Ometto L. & Anfora, G. (2017). Genetic variability in Italian populations of Drosophila suzukii. BMC genetics, 18(1), 87.

Dapporto, L., Cini, A., Menchetti, M., Vodă, R., Bonelli, S., Casacci, L. P., ... & Forbicioni, L. (2017). Rise and fall of island butterfly diversity: Understanding genetic differentiation and extinction in a highly diverse archipelago. Diversity and Distributions, 23(10), 1169-1181.

Campanaro, A., De Zan, L. R., Hardersen, S., Antonini, G., Chiari, S., Cini, A., ... & Bologna, M. A. (2017). Guidelines for the monitoring of Rosalia alpina. Nature Conservation, 20, 165.

Bardiani, M., Tini, M., Carpaneto, G. M., Audisio, P., Bussola, E., Campanaro, A., ... & Roversi, P. F. (2017). Effects of trap baits and height on stag beetle and flower chafer monitoring: ecological and conservation implications. Journal of Insect Conservation, 21(1), 157-168.


Rossi de Gasperis, S., Carpaneto, G. M., Nigro, G., Antonini, G., Chiari, S., Cini, A., ... & Roversi, P. F. (2016). Computer‐aided photographic identification of Rosalia alpina (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae) applied to a mark‐recapture study. Insect Conservation and Diversity.

Zapponi, L., Cini, A., Bardiani, M., Hardersen, S., Maura, M., Maurizi, E., ... & Roversi, P. F. (2016). Citizen science data as an efficient tool for mapping protected saproxylic beetles. Biological Conservation.


Mazza, G., Inghilesi, A. F., Stasolla, G., Cini, A., Cervo, R., Benvenuti, C., ... & Roversi, P. F. Sterile Rhynchophorus ferrugineus males efficiently impair reproduction while maintaining their sexual competitiveness in a social context. Journal of Pest Science, 1-102015



Cini A., Patalano S., Segonds-Pichon A., Busby G., Cervo R., Sumner S. (2015). Social parasitism and the molecular basis of phenotypic evolution. Frontiers in Genetics 6, 32. 

Inghilesi A.F., Mazza G., Cervo R., Cini A. (2015). A network of sex and competition: The promiscuous mating system of an invasive weevil. Current Zoology 61, 85-97.


Cini, A., Ortolani, I., Zechini, L., & Cervo, R. (2015). Facial markings in the social cuckoo wasp Polistes sulcifer: no support for the visual deception and the assessment hypotheses. Behavioural processes. 111, 19-24. 



Cini A., (2014). Reliability of yellow bodies as indexes of egg laying activity in the primitively eusocial wasp Polistes dominula, Redia 97, 183-188. 


Cini, A., Anfora, G., Escudero-Colomar, L. A., Grassi, A., Santosuosso, U., Seljak, G., & Papini, A. (2014). Tracking the invasion of the alien fruit pest Drosophila suzukii in Europe. Journal of Pest Science, 87(4), 559-566.


Baracchi, D., & Cini, A. (2014). A Socio Spatial Combined Approach Confirms a Highly Compartmentalised Structure in Honeybees. Ethology, 120(12), 1167-1176.


Cini, A., Nieri, R., Dapporto, L., Monnin, T., & Cervo, R. (2014). Almost royal: incomplete suppression of host worker ovarian development by a social parasite wasp. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, 68(3), 467-475. 



Baracchi, D., Mazza, G., Cini, A., Petrocelli, I., Bin Hashim, R., & Turillazzi, S. (2013). Social biology of Parischnogaster striatula (Hymenoptera: Stenogastrinae). Tropical Zoology, 26(3), 105-115.


Cini, A., Meconcelli, S., & Cervo, R. (2013). Ovarian indexes as indicators of reproductive investment and egg-laying activity in social insects: a comparison among methods. Insectes sociaux, 60(3), 393-402.



Cini, A., Ioriatti, C., & Anfora, G. (2012). A review of the invasion of Drosophila suzukii in Europe and a draft research agenda for integrated pest management. Bulletin of insectology, 65(1), 149-160. 



Cini, A., Bruschini, C., Signorotti, L., Pontieri, L., Turillazzi, S., & Cervo, R. (2011). The chemical basis of host nest detection and chemical integration in a cuckoo paper wasp. The Journal of experimental biology, 214(21), 3698-3703. 


Bruschini, C., Cervo, R., Cini, A., Pieraccini, G., Pontieri, L., Signorotti, L., & Turillazzi, S. (2011). Cuticular hydrocarbons rather than peptides are responsible for nestmate recognition in Polistes dominulus. Chemical senses,36(8), 715-723. 


Cini, A., Bruschini, C., Poggi, L., & Cervo, R. (2011). Fight or fool? Physical strength, instead of sensory deception, matters in host nest invasion by a wasp social parasite. Animal Behaviour, 81(6), 1139-1145.


Mazza, G., Cini, A., Cervo, R., & Longo, S. (2011). Just phoresy? Reduced lifespan in red palm weevils Rhynchophorus ferrugineus (Coleoptera: Curculionidae) infested by the mite Centrouropoda almerodai (Uroactiniinae: Uropodina). Italian Journal of Zoology, 78(1), 101-105. 



Cini, A., & Dapporto, L. (2009). Autumnal helpers of Polistes dominulus represent a distinct behavioural phenotype. In Annales Zoologici Fennici (Vol. 46, No. 6, pp. 423-430). 


Cini, A., Gioli, L., & Cervo, R. (2009). A quantitative threshold for nest-mate recognition in a paper social wasp. Biology letters, 5 (4), 459-461. 


Dapporto, L., Bruschini, C., Baracchi, D., Cini, A., Gayubo, S.F., Gonzalez, J.A., & Dennis, R.L. (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(3), 677-692. 


Monnin, T., Cini, A., Lecat, V., Fédérici, P., & Doums, C. (2009). No actual conflict over colony inheritance despite high potential conflict in the social wasp Polistes dominulus. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 276(1662), 1593-1601. 


Dapporto, L., & Cini, A. (2007). Faunal patterns in Tuscan archipelago butterflies: the dominant influence is recent geography not paleogeography. European Journal of Entomology, 104(3), 497- 503. 


Dapporto, L., Cini, A., Palagi, E., Morelli, M., Simonti, A., & Turillazzi, S. (2007). Behaviour and chemical signature of pre-hibernating females of Polistes dominulus infected by the strepsipteran Xenos vesparum. Parasitology, 134(04), 545-552. 


Dapporto, L., Palagi, E., Cini, A., & Turillazzi, S. (2006). Prehibernating aggregations of Polistes dominulus: an occasion to study early dominance assessment in social insects. Naturwissenschaften, 93(7), 321-324. 


Dapporto, L.; Palagi, E., Cini, A., & Turillazzi S., (2004). Do nest fidelity and intolerance decrease at the end of the colony cycle in Polistes dominulus (Christ.) (Hymenoptera Vespidae)? Redia, 87, 227-229. 



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