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This special issue presents ten articles highlighting topics on Genomics, Physiology and Behaviour of Social Insects. Topics include: old threads make new tapestry-rewiring of signalling pathways underlies caste phenotypic plasticity in the honey bee, Apis mellifera L.; the physiological and...

Author(s)
Zayed, A.; Kent, C. F.
Publisher
Elsevier, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Citation
Advances in Insect Physiology, 2015, 48, pp 1-363
Abstract

Many elements of animal behaviour are organised by an innate reward-seeking drive stemming from neurobiological reward systems. The behavioural concept of reward and its neurobiological substrates was initially developed in mammalian systems, and there it has become clear that several novel social...

Author(s)
Søvik, E.; Perry, C. J.; Barron, A. B.
Publisher
Elsevier, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Citation
Advances in Insect Physiology, 2015, 48, pp 189-226
Abstract

Phylogenetic hypotheses and estimates of divergence times have already been used to investigate the evolution of social behavior in all lineages of bees. The interpretation of the number of origins of eusocial behavior and the timing of these events depends on reliable phylogenetic hypotheses for...

Author(s)
Almeida, E. A. B.; Porto, D. S.
Publisher
Universidade Estadual de Feira de Santana, Bahia, Brazil
Citation
Sociobiology, 2014, 61, 4, pp 355-368
Abstract

Intraspecific cleptoparasitism represents a facultative strategy advantageous for reducing time and energy costs. However, only a few studies about nesting dynamics have described intraspecific cleptoparasitic behaviour in obligate solitary bees. We focused on nesting dynamics with the...

Author(s)
Černá, K.; Zemenová, M.; Macháčková, L.; Kolínová, Z.; Straka, J.
Publisher
Public Library of Sciences (PLoS), San Francisco, USA
Citation
PLoS ONE, 2013, 8, 9, pp e73806
Abstract

Cryptic coloration is assumed to be beneficial to predators because of an increased encounter rate with unwary prey. This hypothesis is, however, very rarely, if ever, studied in the field. The aim of this study was to quantify the encounter rate and capture success of an ambush predator, in the...

Author(s)
Brechbühl, R.; Casas, J.; Bacher, S.
Publisher
Royal Society, London, UK
Citation
Proceedings of the Royal Society B. Biological Sciences, 2010, 277, 1682, pp 739-746
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Papers on the social lives of spiders, corvids (Corvidae) and hyenas (Hyaenidae) are presented. Reviews on the following topics are included: evolution of cooperative behaviour in animals; sexual selection and social evolution, and their implications for the mating system characteristics of the...

Author(s)
Frank, S. A.
Publisher
Cell Press, Cambridge, USA
Citation
Current Biology, 2007, 17, 16, pp R648-R732
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We marvel at the social complexity of insects, marked by anatomically and behaviorally distinguishable castes, division of labor and specialization - but how do such systems evolve? Insect societies are composed of individuals, each undergoing its own developmental process and each containing its...

Author(s)
Page, R. E., Jr.; Amdam, G. V.
Publisher
John Wiley and Sons, Inc, New York, USA
Citation
BioEssays, 2007, 29, 4, pp 334-343
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Division of labour is one of the most basic and widely studied aspects of colony behaviour in social insects. Studies of division of labour are concerned with the integration of individual worker behaviour into colony level task organization and with the question of how regulation of division of...

Author(s)
Beshers, S. N.; Fewell, J. H.
Publisher
Annual Reviews Inc, Palo Alto, USA
Citation
Annual Review of Entomology, 2001, 46, pp 413-440
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Empirical data concerning the occurrence of task partitioning in insect societies is reviewed with the general aim of drawing broad conclusions about its prevalence and diversity. The potential costs and benefits of task partitioning are also considered. The data show that task partitioning occurs...

Author(s)
Ratnieks, F. L. W.; Anderson, C.
Citation
Insectes Sociaux, 1999, 46, 2, pp 95-108
Abstract

This study examines within-nest behaviour of E. tridentata, a native Australian allodapine bee. This species has the largest known colony sizes of any allodapine bee and exhibits striking size variation among female nestmates suggesting that they may be regarded as highly eusocial. A behavioural...

Author(s)
Steen, Z.; Schwarz, M. P.
Citation
Transactions of the Royal Society of South Australia Incorporated, 1998, 122, 1/2, pp 55-63

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