Shakarad, M and Gadagkar, R (1997) Do Social Wasps Choose Nesting Strategies Based on Their Brood Rearing Abilities? In: Naturwissenschaften, 84 (2). pp. 79-82.
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Primitively eusocial wasp nests may be founded by one or a group of females. The solitary foundress builds a nest, lays eggs, defends her brood from parasites and predators, and forages to feed her growing larvae, all by herself, at least until the eclosion of her first daughter. In multiple-foundress nests, only one individual normally assumes the role of dominant queen or egg layer while the remaining cofoundresses act as subordinate workers, building the nest and foraging for food and building material and laying few or no eggs [1, 2].
|Item Type:||Journal Article|
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|Department/Centre:||Division of Biological Sciences > Centre for Ecological Sciences|
|Date Deposited:||06 Feb 2007|
|Last Modified:||19 Sep 2010 04:32|
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