The evolution and ontogeny of nestmate recognition in social wasps

  title={The evolution and ontogeny of nestmate recognition in social wasps},
  author={George J. Gamboa and Andrew Hart Reeve and David W. Pfennig},
  journal={Annual Review of Entomology},
During the past decade, a substantial and rapidly expanding literature has documented that a diversity of hymenopterans have the ability to recognize their conspecific nestmates (22). As recognition research enters its second generation, investigators are turning their attention to elucidating the mechanisms of nestmate recognition and how the features of these mechanisms, as well as recognition ability itself, relate to an animal’s sociobiology. Such studies are important not only because of… 

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