Spotting the top male: sexually selected signals in male Polistes dominulus wasps

@article{Izzo2012SpottingTT,
  title={Spotting the top male: sexually selected signals in male Polistes dominulus wasps},
  author={Amanda S. Izzo and Elizabeth A. Tibbetts},
  journal={Animal Behaviour},
  year={2012},
  volume={83},
  pages={839-845}
}
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