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Evolutionarily stable nesting strategy in a digger wasp.

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Two alternative "strategies" will not coexist in a population unless on average they are equally successful. The most likely way for such an equilibrium to be maintained is through something equivalent to frequency-dependent selection. Females of the digger wasp Sphex ichneumoneus (Sphecidae) nest in underground burrows. They usually dig and provision these by themselves but occasionally a nest is jointly occupied. The two wasps fight whenever they meet and in the end only one of the two fema...

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Division:
MPLS
Department:
Zoology
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Author
Journal:
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Volume:
77
Issue:
4
Pages:
473-496
Publication date:
1979-04-01
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EISSN:
1095-8541
ISSN:
0022-5193
Language:
English
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pubs:386575
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uuid:ca2c674f-a3f1-424f-a72f-76ac1ce7ac3e
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pubs:386575
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386575
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2013-11-16

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