The comparative biology of two sympatric paper wasps, the native Polistes fuscatus and the invasive Polistes dominulus (Hymenoptera, Vespidae)

  title={The comparative biology of two sympatric paper wasps, the native Polistes fuscatus and the invasive Polistes dominulus (Hymenoptera, Vespidae)},
  author={George J. Gamboa and Edwina Greig and Michael C. Thom},
  journal={Insectes Sociaux},
Summary:Polistes dominulus (Christ), an old world paper wasp, was introduced accidentally into the eastern coast of the United States in the late 1970s and has been rapidly spreading westward, displacing the native P. fuscatus (F.). The biology of naturally nesting P. fuscatus and P. dominulus was compared at a field site in Rochester, Michigan. The basic methodology consisted of simultaneously videotaping spatially proximate, matched single-foundress colonies of P. fuscatus and P. dominulus… 
A ten-year comparative study of the population dynamics and parasitoidism in the native paper wasp Polistes fuscatus and the invasive P.dominulus
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The Polistes war: weak immune function in the invasive P. dominulus relative to the native P. fuscatus
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The cost of flight: a role in the Polistes dominulus invasion
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Better colony performance, not natural enemy release, explains numerical dominance of the exotic Polistes dominula wasp over a native congener in South Africa
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Invaded range and competitive ability of the newly invasive Polistes dominula compared to that of its native congener species in the Western Cape, South Africa
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Polistes dominula (Christ) (Hymenoptera: Vespidae: Polistinae) recorded from Nebraska.
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Status of the invasive wasp species, Vespula germanica and Polistes dominula in South Africa, and the feasibility of various management strategies
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