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Natal nest discrimination in the paper wasp, Polistes dominulus

  title={Natal nest discrimination in the paper wasp, Polistes dominulus},
  author={Philip T B Starks},
  journal={Annales Zoologici Fennici},
  • P. Starks
  • Published 2003
  • Environmental Science
  • Annales Zoologici Fennici
I present data indicating that Polistes dominulus females overwinter in multi-colony groups, recognize natal nest fragments after overwintering, and select nesting cavities based on cavity volume. In a seminatural environment, seven field-captured P. dominulus colonies completed the colony cycle, and the resulting reproductive females were observed in hibernacula groups, on natal nest fragments prior to colony initiation, and in nest boxes after initiating colonies. Given the choice of three… 

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