Cuticular hydrocarbons and reproductive status in the social wasp Polistes dominulus

@article{Sledge2001CuticularHA,
  title={Cuticular hydrocarbons and reproductive status in the social wasp Polistes dominulus},
  author={Matthew F. Sledge and Francesca Boscaro and Stefano Turillazzi},
  journal={Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology},
  year={2001},
  volume={49},
  pages={401-409}
}
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 all individuals are morphologically identical and dominance relationships determine which individuals mate and/or reproduce. In newly founded multiple-foundress associations of the social wasp Polistes dominulus, foundresses establish dominance hierarchies where the top-ranked (alpha) female monopolizes egg… 
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