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={P. Nonacs and H. Reeve},
  journal={Behavioural Processes},
  year={1993},
  volume={30},
  pages={47-59}
}
Adoption of abandoned or orphaned nests by adult females occurs commonly during the colony-founding period of the primitively eusocial paper wasp, Polistes dominulus. Our evidence indicates that adoption reflects: (1) 'making the best of a bad situation,' for queens who have lost their nests; (2) subordinates leaving multiple-foundress associations; and (3) possibly, a 'sit-and-wait' strategy, in which non-nesting females wait for nests to be orphaned. A 'it-and-wait strategy' implies that… Expand
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