Life history evolution in social insects: a female perspectiveNegroni, M. A., Jongepier, E., Feldmeyer, B., Kramer, B. H. & Foitzik, S., Aug-2016, In : Current opinion in insect science. 16, p. 51-57 7 p.
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Social insects are known for their unusual life histories with fecund, long-lived queens and sterile, short-lived workers. We review ultimate factors underlying variation in life history strategies in female social insects, whose social life reshapes common trade-offs, such as the one between fecundity and longevity. Interspecific life history variation is associated with colony size, mediated by changes in division of labour and extrinsic mortality. In addition to the ratio of juvenile to adult mortality, social factors such as queen number influence life history trajectories. We discuss two hypotheses explaining why queen fecundity and lifespan is higher in single-queen societies and suggest further research directions on the evolution of life history variation in social insects.
|Number of pages||7|
|Journal||Current opinion in insect science|
|Publication status||Published - Aug-2016|
- COLONY SIZE, ANT COLONIES, KIN SELECTION, HARVESTER ANT, QUEEN, HYMENOPTERA, REPRODUCTION, WORKERS, SPAN, EUSOCIALITY