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}
}
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