Co-occurrence of three types of egg policing in the Norwegian wasp Dolichovespula norwegica

@article{Bonckaert2010CooccurrenceOT,
  title={Co-occurrence of three types of egg policing in the Norwegian wasp Dolichovespula norwegica},
  author={W. Bonckaert and A. Tofilski and F. Nascimento and J. Billen and F. Ratnieks and T. Wenseleers},
  journal={Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology},
  year={2010},
  volume={65},
  pages={633-640}
}
In insect societies, workers often try to challenge the reproductive monopoly of the queen by laying their own eggs. Successful worker reproduction, however, is frequently prevented by queen policing or worker policing, whereby either the mother queen or non-reproductive workers selectively kill worker-laid eggs. Recently, a third mechanism—“selfish” worker policing—has also been described in which the workers selectively police worker-laid eggs but also lay eggs themselves. Here, we present… Expand

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