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foun·dress

 (foun′drĕs)
n. pl. foun·dress·es
1. A female founder.
2. A fertile female insect who founds a colony.

foundress

(ˈfaʊndrəs)
n
a female founder
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Noun1.foundress - a woman founderfoundress - a woman founder      
beginner, founder, founding father, father - a person who founds or establishes some institution; "George Washington is the father of his country"
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Because P simillimus foundresses are closely related (Simikomaki & Del Lama 2000), subordinate females would still gain in indirect fitness.
Not only cuticular lipids: first evidence of differences between foundresses and their daughters in polar substances in the paper wasp Polistes dominulus.
Pollinator fig wasp foundresses enter the figs in order to lay their eggs in, and gall, the ovules that line the inner surface of the fig.
The award is presented to a staff member who exemplifies the mission, values and practices of the Sisters of Saint Anne, the foundresses of AMC.
She and her colleagues tracked the fortunes of 1,113 foundresses in 228 nests in southern Spain.
Because each colony is founded by a single queen (Holldobler, 1976), within-colony relatedness is higher than in species with multiple foundresses.
Then think of the foundresses of every religious order you have ever known who came to the United States without money, without professional resources, often without the language, and commonly without support--even from the church--to deal head on with the social justice questions of their time and so saved the church in the process.
Although the majority of houses patronized were those of men, women's houses also had patrons with "female foundresses and co-foundresses among (the patrons') ranks.
Are lone paper wasp foundresses mainly the result of sister mortality?
Gene expression in workers was more similar to foundresses, which show maternal care, than to queens and gynes, which do not.