Encyclopedia of Social Insects

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Swarm-Founding Wasps

  • Robert L. JeanneEmail author
Living reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-90306-4_123-1
Social vespids fall into two conspicuously dissimilar behavioral groups according to their mode of colony founding. The independent founders initiate new colonies by one or a few inseminated females without the aid of true workers. In contrast, s warm founders initiate colonies by means of a group comprising many workers and a smaller number of inseminated females (queens) (Fig. 1).
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  1. 1.Department of EntomologyUniversity of WisconsinMadisonUSA