Parasitism in a social wasp: effect of gregarines on foraging behavior, colony productivity, and adult mortality

Abstract

Behavior in eusocial insects likely reflects a long history of selection imposed by parasites and pathogens because the conditions of group living often favor the transmission of infection among nestmates. Yet, relatively few studies have quantified the effects of parasites on both the level of individual colony members and of colony success, making it… (More)
DOI: 10.1007/s00265-006-0205-1

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