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={A. Izzo and E. Tibbetts},
  journal={Animal Behaviour},
  year={2012},
  volume={83},
  pages={839-845}
}
Although sexually selected ornaments are common across diverse taxa, little is known about mate choice and sexually selected ornamentation in social insects. Polistes dominulus paper wasps are a good system to study sexual selection, as males have a lek-based mating system as well as sexually dimorphic abdominal spots. Here, we demonstrate that the abdominal spots of male P. dominulus paper wasps function as signals in both inter- and intrasexual selection. Males with smaller, elliptically… Expand
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