Visual signals of status and rival assessment in Polistes dominulus paper wasps.

  title={Visual signals of status and rival assessment in Polistes dominulus paper wasps.},
  author={Elizabeth A Tibbetts and Rebecca Lindsay},
  journal={Biology letters},
  volume={4 3},
Aggressive competition is an important aspect of social interactions, but conflict can be costly. Some animals are thought to minimize the costs of conflict by using conventional signals of agonistic ability (i.e. badges of status) to assess rivals. Although putative badges have been found in a range of taxa, little research has tested whether individuals use badges to assess potential rivals before they engage in aggressive contests. Here, choice trials were used to test how the variable black… CONTINUE READING
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