Abdomen stroking behaviour and its possible functions in Polistes dominulus (christ) (hymenoptera, vespidae)

  title={Abdomen stroking behaviour and its possible functions in Polistes dominulus (christ) (hymenoptera, vespidae)},
  author={Francesca Romana Dani and Rita Cervo and Stefano Turillazzi},
  journal={Behavioural Processes},

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