Social parasitism of Polistes dominulus by Polistes nimphus (Hymenoptera, Vespidae)

@article{Cervo2003SocialPO,
  title={Social parasitism of Polistes dominulus by Polistes nimphus (Hymenoptera, Vespidae)},
  author={R. Cervo and C. Stemmer and W. Castle and D. Queller and J. Strassmann},
  journal={Insectes Sociaux},
  year={2003},
  volume={51},
  pages={101-108}
}
SummaryInterspecific facultative social parasitism is well known in ants and in bumble-bees, but it is rarer in wasps. This form of parasitism is traditionally considered to be an intermediate stage in the evolution of obligate interspecific parasitism, where the parasites are no longer able to nest alone. We report field and experimental observations of a newly discovered facultative parasitic relationship between two closely related free-living Polistes species: P. nimphus and P. dominulus. P… Expand

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