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Group formation and alternative reproductive tactics in primitively eusocial wasps

The benefits of cooperation are essential in driving group formation. However, an individual can gain significant fitness benefits by acting selfishly at a substantial cost to others in the group. Therefore, in species where most females are capable of direct reproduction, nestmates must find a balance between cooperation and conflict. We use the wasp Mischocyttarus mexicanus, a species with an intermediate level of sociality and local to South Florida, to understand the effect of the environment and social context on individual decisions of reproductive tactics by group members, group formation and dominance hierarchies.


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