Context-dependent nestmate discrimination in the paper wasp, Polistes dominulus : a critical test of the optimal acceptance threshold model

  title={Context-dependent nestmate discrimination in the paper wasp,
 Polistes dominulus
 : a critical test of the optimal acceptance threshold model},
  author={Philip T B Starks and Daniel J Fischer and Rebecca E. Watson and George L Melikian and Sanjai D Nath},
  journal={Animal Behaviour},
e present evidence that nestmate discrimination in the eusocial paper wasp, Polistes dominulus, is context dependent. We compared aggression levels between nestmates and non-nestmates in dyads consisting of a pair of either nestmates or non-nestmates, and triads consisting of either three nestmates, three non-nestmates, or two nestmates and a non-nestmate. In 130 of the 237 total trials, a nest fragment (containing both brood and eggs) from the nest of some, all or none of the interactants was… 

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