Opportunistic adoption of orphaned nests in paper wasps as an alternative reproductive strategy

@article{Nonacs1993OpportunisticAO,
  title={Opportunistic adoption of orphaned nests in paper wasps as an alternative reproductive strategy},
  author={Peter Nonacs and H. Kern Reeve},
  journal={Behavioural Processes},
  year={1993},
  volume={30},
  pages={47-59}
}
Alternative reproductive tactics in the paper wasp Polistes dominulus with specific focus on the sit-and-wait tactic
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Results indicate that Polistes dominulus females that adopt nests are less cooperative than nest initiators, prefer mature nests to nests with a higher likelihood of kinship, and may conserve energy during the nest founding period.
Why Wasp Foundresses Change Nests: Relatedness, Dominance, and Nest Quality
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Evidence is presented indicating that a subset of spring females in the social wasp Polistes dominulus ‘sit and wait’ to adopt colonies initiated and abandoned by other conspecifics, the first to demonstrate conclusively this alternative reproductive strategy in social wasps.
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Natal nest discrimination in the paper wasp, Polistes dominulus
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Data is presented indicating that Polistes dominulus females overwinter in multi-colony groups, recognize natal nest fragments after overwintering, and select nesting cavities based on cavity volume, which may indicate a balance between the cost of detection by predators and the benefit of space for colony growth.
Simulated Intraspecific Usurpations in Paper Wasps: Different Reproductive Tactics Affect Foreign Brood Destruction in Polistes fuscatus and Polistes dominulus
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The pattern of brood destruction displayed by P. dominulus differed from that of Polistes species that frequently engage in intraspecific usurpation, and may have been shaped by nest adoption, a common alternative reproductive tactic in this species.
Ecological Drivers of Non-kin Cooperation in the Hymenoptera
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Polistes nest founding behavior : a model for the selective maintenance of alternative behavioral phenotypes
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A novel model for the selective maintenance of alternative phenotypes is presented, appropriate for systems where the expression of alternative tactics is both condition and frequency dependent, using Polistes dominulus as the model system.
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