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Journal of Insect Behavior

, Volume 7, Issue 1, pp 119–121 | Cite as

Queens of the socially parasitic antPolyergus do not kill queens ofFormica that have not formed colonies (Hymenoptera: Formicidae)

  • Ellen Zimmerli
  • Howard Topoff
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Key words

Polyergus breviceps Formica gnava social parasitism colony adoption 

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© Plenum Publishing Corporation 1994

Authors and Affiliations

  • Ellen Zimmerli
    • 1
  • Howard Topoff
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyHunter College of CUNYNew York

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