Foundress Associations in Polistine Wasps: Dominance Hierarchies and the Evolution of Social Behavior

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Science  29 Sep 1967:
Vol. 157, Issue 3796, pp. 1584-1585
DOI: 10.1126/science.157.3796.1584


Interactions among female paper wasps of newly founded colonies suggest that dominance relations assign social (reproductive) roles to siblings in a way advantageous to both dominants and subordinates. In various social animals dominance relations may have been an important prerequisite for the evolution of a division of labor between reproductive and nonreproductive (or less reproductive) adults.