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The social systems of the taxonomically related higher bees (carpenter bees, bumble bees, stingless bees and honeybees) are discussed and compared in relation to the kin selection hypothesis. It is concluded that sociality arose and developed as an evolution of competitive interactions within the...

Author(s)
Velthuis, H. H. W.
Citation
Actes des Colloques Insectes Sociaux, Vol. 5. Compte rendu Colloque annuel, Londres, 20-22 Sept. 1988. British Section IUSSI, Section Française UIEIS., 1989, pp 2-15
Abstract

Factors influencing sociality were studied in nests of Xylocopa pubescens in boards of soft timber and hollow canes of Arundo donax in Israel during April-August. A simple model is used to outline these factors which include scarcity of nesting sites, inter- and intra-specific nest competition,...

Author(s)
Blom, J. van der
Citation
Actes des Colloques Insectes Sociaux, 1988, No. 5, pp 131-136
Abstract

Many animals have shown to have the ability to discriminate kin from non-kin and close relatives from more distant relative. However, among eusocial Hymenoptera, even finer levels of discrimination are sometimes required, since regulation of the number of egg layers in a colony presupposes the...

Author(s)
Fletcher, D. J. C.
Publisher
Birkhäuser Verlag, Basel, Switzerland
Citation
From individual to collective behavior in social insects. Les Treilles Workshop., 1987, pp 365-378