Paradox of worker reproduction and worker mating in temperate paper wasps, Polistes chinensis and P. snelleni (Hymenoptera Vespidae)

@article{Suzuki1998ParadoxOW,
  title={Paradox of worker reproduction and worker mating in temperate paper wasps, Polistes chinensis and P. snelleni (Hymenoptera Vespidae)},
  author={Tadashi Suzuki},
  journal={Ethology Ecology \& Evolution},
  year={1998},
  volume={10},
  pages={347-359}
}
  • Tadashi Suzuki
  • Published 1 October 1998
  • Biology
  • Ethology Ecology & Evolution
Worker reproduction and worker mating were compared between two temperate paper wasp species Polistes chinensis and P. snelleni in central Japan, by dissecting females. As a whole, potential egg-layers (worker reproductives) constituted 14.7% of 273 workers from queen-right colonies and 26.0% of 254 from orphaned colonies in P. chinensis. In P. snelleni, potential egg-layers constituted 8.1% of 307 workers from queen-right colonies and 11.6% of 337 from orphaned colonies. The numbers and… 
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