Influence of insect hormones on the establishment of dominance hierarchies among foundresses of the paper wasp, Polistes gallicus

@article{Rseler2004InfluenceOI,
  title={Influence of insect hormones on the establishment of dominance hierarchies among foundresses of the paper wasp, Polistes gallicus},
  author={P. -F. R{\"o}seler and Ingeborg R{\"o}seler and Alain Strambi and Roger Augier},
  journal={Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology},
  year={2004},
  volume={15},
  pages={133-142}
}
SummaryLaboratory studies on overwintered foundresses of Polistes gallicus show that differences in the endocrine activity are mainly responsible for achieving the dominance rank. Females that became dominant had either larger corpora allata or more developed ovaries than subordinate females. Body size did not contribute to dominance rank. Since a correlation exists between the length of terminal oocytes and the ecdysteroid titre in haemolymph as well as between the volume of corpora allata and… 

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