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

  title={Founders versus joiners: group formation in the paper wasp Polistes dominulus
  author={Lorenzo Roberto Sgobaro Zanette and Jeremy Field},
  journal={Animal Behaviour},

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