Founders versus joiners: group formation in the paper wasp Polistes dominulus

@article{Zanette2011FoundersVJ,
  title={Founders versus joiners: group formation in the paper wasp Polistes dominulus
},
  author={L. Zanette and J. Field},
  journal={Animal Behaviour},
  year={2011},
  volume={82},
  pages={699-705}
}
Within-group power asymmetries and the resulting reproductive skew, common in most social groups, may effectively be set at the very early stages of group formation, that is, when group membership is determined. Hence, groupmate choices can define an individual’s future reproductive success. We examined how groups of Polistes dominulus formed under natural, unconstrained conditions, using data on the nesting history, kinship and morphology of individually marked foundresses obtained during two… Expand

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