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social insect

any insect which lives in organized social groups; examples are ants, wasps, bees and termites, where different morphological forms carry out different duties within the colony
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On the other hand, a much larger repository of comparison, from human society back to insects, provided explanations of insect sociality, carrying Western conceptions of race, gender, and class into the classification and documentation of the behaviour of social insects.
Why Are Social Insects Among the World's Most Amazing Builders?
Social parasitism is particularly common among ants (Holldobler and Wilson, 1990; Bourke and Franks, 1995) and has been extensively studied in these and other social insects (Stuart, 2002).
Altruism and related phenomena, mainly in social insects.
Relatedness coefficients in social insect colonies have profound implications for how colonies produce sexual offspring (Trivets and Hare 1976).
Kerr, Camargo had the opportunity to work with the leading social insect scientist in Brazil at the time.
These agent behaviours, take inspiration of social insect behaviours.
Hamilton (1964, 1970) and Price (1970) showed us how to think about the evolution of self-organized systems, such as social insect colonies, that do not have genetic identity, but genetic relatedness.
The existence of sterile individuals in social insect colonies poses an evolutionary paradox, namely the difficulty of perpetuating sterility by natural selection when bearers of this trait leave no offspring.
Objective: The hallmark of social insect colonies is reproductive division of labour which is often associated with dramatic morphological and behavioural differences between queens, workers and males.
The vast majority of acarine species in most social insect nests are scavengers or predators on other arthropods and do not adversely affect the ecology of the host (Eickwort, 1990).
Crozier was also among the first scientists to investigate and study the genetic structure of social insect populations using effective empirical and statistical methods.

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