Gerontocracy in the social wasp, Polistes exclamans

  title={Gerontocracy in the social wasp, Polistes exclamans
  author={Joan E. Strassmann and Dana C. Meyer},
  journal={Animal Behaviour},
We observed three naturally occurring Polistes exclamans nests in Austin, Texas for 139 h through a succession of 13 queens. Nine of the 13 replacement queens were the oldest individuals on the nest, forming a system of queen replacement that may be described as a gerontocracy. Before becoming queen, replacement queens foraged more and were more aggressive than females who never became queen. This system of old forager supersedure was similar to that found in other temperate species but… Expand
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Dominance Order in Polistes Wasps
  • L. Pardi
  • Biology, Medicine
  • Physiological Zoology
  • 1948
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