Extreme Polygyny: Multi-seasonal “Hypergynous” Nesting in the Introduced Paper Wasp Polistes dominulus

@article{Liebert2008ExtremePM,
  title={Extreme Polygyny: Multi-seasonal “Hypergynous” Nesting in the Introduced Paper Wasp Polistes dominulus},
  author={Aviva E. Liebert and Julia H. Hui and Peter Nonacs and Philip T B Starks},
  journal={Journal of Insect Behavior},
  year={2008},
  volume={21},
  pages={72-81}
}
In temperate climates, female paper wasps typically initiate new colonies in the spring. Several nest-founding tactics have been documented in Polistes species, including solitary nest initiation, joining a cooperative association, usurping an existing nest, or adopting an abandoned nest. Occasionally, exceptionally large groups of females have also been found reusing nests from the previous season. Here we report this phenomenon in introduced populations of the Eurasian species Polistes… 

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