Males do not like the working class: male sexual preference and recognition of functional castes in a primitively eusocial wasp

@article{Cappa2013MalesDN,
  title={Males do not like the working class: male sexual preference and recognition of functional castes in a primitively eusocial wasp},
  author={F. Cappa and C. Bruschini and R. Cervo and S. Turillazzi and L. Beani},
  journal={Animal Behaviour},
  year={2013},
  volume={86},
  pages={801-810}
}
Discrimination among potential partners is a critical step in sexual selection to avoid wasting reproductive resources on an unsuitable mate. In the female-dominated hymenopteran societies males have often been regarded as ‘flying sperm containers’ spending all their time and energy in trying to acquire a mate. We investigated the male sexual preference for potential partners using as a model the primitively eusocial wasp Polistes dominula in which female caste is rather flexible and difficult… Expand
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