Gerontocracy in the social wasp, Polistes exclamans

@article{Strassmann1983GerontocracyIT,
  title={Gerontocracy in the social wasp, Polistes exclamans
},
  author={Joan E. Strassmann and Dana C. Meyer},
  journal={Animal Behaviour},
  year={1983},
  volume={31},
  pages={431-438}
}

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