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25 November 1988
Vol 242, Issue 4882

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Colonies of the social wasp, Polybia occidentalis (yellows have been enhanced by the electronic flash), often have multiple queens as do colonies of many other neotropical wasps. The presence of multiple egg layers is expected to lower relatedness within colonies. The first estimates of relatedness for these wasps show that it is very low in one species, but in two other species it is not markedly lower than relatedness in some single-queen species. See page 1155. [Colin R. Hughes, Department of Biology, Rice University, Houston, TX 77251]