Autumnal Helpers of Polistes dominulus Represent a Distinct Behavioural Phenotype

@inproceedings{Cini2009AutumnalHO,
  title={Autumnal Helpers of Polistes dominulus Represent a Distinct Behavioural Phenotype},
  author={Alessandro Cini and Leonardo Dapporto},
  year={2009}
}
Division of labour is a major feature of insect societies. Behavioural differences can be present also during non-colonial stages of the life cycle, when it is difficult to discriminate between distinct behavioural phenotypes and by-products of differences in overall activity levels. We used the social wasp Polistes dominulus to address this issue. In pre-hibernating aggregations some individuals (helpers) perform external tasks by collecting food and providing it to cluster mates. Such helpers… 
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