Direct assessment of queen quality and lack of worker suppression in a paper wasp.

@article{Liebig2005DirectAO,
  title={Direct assessment of queen quality and lack of worker suppression in a paper wasp.},
  author={Juergen Liebig and Thibaud Monnin and Stefano Turillazzi},
  journal={Proceedings. Biological sciences},
  year={2005},
  volume={272 1570},
  pages={
          1339-44
        }
}
Assessing a conspecific's potential is often crucial to increase one's fitness, e.g. in female choice, contests with rivals or reproductive conflicts in animal societies. In the latter, helpers benefit from accurately assessing the fertility of the breeder as an indication of inclusive fitness. There is evidence that this can be achieved using chemical correlates of reproductive activity. Here, we show that queen quality can be assessed by directly monitoring her reproductive output. In the… CONTINUE READING
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