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Unrelated helpers in a social insect
High-resolution genetic markers have revolutionized our understanding of vertebrate mating systems, but have so far yielded few comparable surprises about kinship in social insects. Here we useExpand
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Cuticular hydrocarbons and reproductive status in the social wasp Polistes dominulus
Abstract. Most species of social insect are characterized by a reproductive division of labor among morphologically specialized individuals. In contrast, there exist many species where allExpand
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Natural history and evolution of paper-wasps
1. Polistes: analysis of a society 2. Phylogeny and biogeography of Polistes 3. Learning, individual programs, and higher-level rules in construction of behaviour of Polistes 4. Ecological factorsExpand
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Deciphering the recognition signature within the cuticular chemical profile of paper wasps
In social insects the mixture of cuticular hydrocarbons is generally considered to act as a recognition pheromone. However, little information exists on the relative importance of single compounds orExpand
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Polistes dominulus (Hymenoptera, Vespidae) invading North America: some hypotheses for its rapid spread
Summary:Polistes dominulus, a common Polistes species with Old World distribution, is now invading the United States. We discuss those characteristics of P. dominulus that may explain its successfulExpand
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Role of social wasps in Saccharomyces cerevisiae ecology and evolution
Saccharomyces cerevisiae is one of the most important model organisms and has been a valuable asset to human civilization. However, despite its extensive use in the last 9,000 y, the existence of aExpand
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Inclusive fitness theory and eusociality
Arising from M. A. Nowak, C. E. Tarnita & E. O. Wilson 466, 1057–1062 (2010)10.1038/nature09205; Nowak et al. replyNowak et al. argue that inclusive fitness theory has been of little value inExpand
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Nestmate recognition cues in the honey bee: differential importance of cuticular alkanes and alkenes.
In social insects, recognition of nestmates from aliens is based on olfactory cues, and many studies have demonstrated that such cues are contained within the lipid layer covering the insect cuticle.Expand
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On status badges and quality signals in the paper wasp Polistes dominulus: body size, facial colour patterns and hierarchical rank
To establish a dominance order, social animals often rely on indicators of fighting to avoid costly aggressive encounters. In some species, individuals use colour patterns to signal their socialExpand
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Genetics, behavior and ecology of a paper wasp invasion : Polistes dominulus in North America
Studies of social insect invasions to date have focused primarily on highly eusocial insects such as ants and yellowjacket wasps. Yet insect societies without fixed, morphological caste systems mayExpand
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