The Cost of Queen Loss in the Social Wasp Polistes dominulus (Hymenoptera: Vespidae)

@inproceedings{Strassmann2004TheCO,
  title={The Cost of Queen Loss in the Social Wasp Polistes dominulus (Hymenoptera: Vespidae)},
  author={J. Strassmann and A. Fortunato and R. Cervo and S. Turillazzi and Jesse M. Damon and D. Queller},
  year={2004}
}
Abstract Loss of the queen is a crisis for a social insect colony. The process of queen succession could cause increased aggression and work inefficiencies, and the new queen, if the colony can produce one, could be slow to develop mature eggs. We evaluated the cost of queen replacement in Polistes dominulus by removing the queen from a set of single-foundress colonies while leaving a control set with their queens. At 2 and 11 days after queen removal, we found that the queenless colonies had… Expand
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