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Genetics, behavior and ecology of a paper wasp invasion : Polistes dominulus in North America
A review of this ongoing invasion of the European paper wasp Polistes dominulus into North America in terms of population genetic variation in P. dominulus, and data from comparative studies where the two species are sympatric and possible mechanisms contributing to the differences between them is reviewed.
Taming of the skew: transactional models fail to predict reproductive partitioning in the paper wasp Polistes dominulus
The Action Component of Recognition Systems: A Focus on the Response
The framework of conspecific acceptance thresholds to recognition in a broader sense is applied, including interactions within and between organisms, between species, and between living and nonliving things.
Sexual interactions and nestmate recognition in invasive populations of Polistes dominulus wasps
- A. Liebert, N. Wilson-Rich, C. E. Johnson, P. Starks
- Biology, Environmental ScienceInsectes Sociaux
- 2 June 2010
Sexual interactions and nestmate recognition in male and female P. dominulus are investigated and successful copulations were very rare and occurred between non-nestmates and nestmates, and are discussed within the context of invasion biology.
Transactional Skew and Assured Fitness Return Models Fail to Predict Patterns of Cooperation in Wasps
This work shows the AFR model to be a special case of transactional skew models that assumes no direct reproduction by subordinates, and tests whether transactional frameworks suffice to predict when subordinate behavior should be observed in general and the specific level of skew observed in cooperative groups.
The relationships between cuticular hydrocarbon composition, faunal assemblages, inter-island distance, and population genetic variation in Tuscan Archipelago wasps.
Diploid males and their triploid offspring in the paper wasp Polistes dominulus
Evidence that both diploid males and triploid females remain undetected throughout the colony cycle is presented, which is particularly relevant for introduced populations with few alleles at the sex-determining locus but cannot be ignored in native populations without supporting genetic data.
Triploid females and diploid males: underreported phenomena in Polistes wasps?
Female triploidy indicates that diploid males do exist in Polistes species where they are presumed to be absent, and are likely to be even more frequent among species that have experienced a genetic bottleneck.
Nest Hydrocarbons as Cues for Philopatry in a Paper Wasp
- A. Sumana, A. Liebert, A. S. Berry, G. T. Switz, C. Orians, P. Starks
- Biology, Environmental Science
- 1 May 2005
Examination of the hydrocarbon profiles of Polistes dominulus foundresses and nests before and after an overwintering period found that the hydro carbon profiles of nests remain unique over time and that this uniqueness is influenced by the original foundresses.
Solitary nesting and reproductive success in the paper wasp Polistes aurifer
Examination of the success of different nesting strategies in a previously unstudied population of Polistes aurifer in southern California suggests that this low rate of cooperative nest founding is adaptive, as demonstrated by the lack of survival or productivity advantages for cooperative foundress associations.