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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

Laboratory-based animal rearing is a common tool used to control environmental variation. However, important differences between lab and field environments may affect the biological relevance of results. Moreover, how lab rearing affects social dynamics in groups has received little attention. We...

Author(s)
Jandt, J. M.; Thomson, J. L.; Geffre, A. C.; Toth, A. L.
Publisher
Oxford University Press, Cary, USA
Citation
Behavioral Ecology, 2015, 26, 5, pp 1274-1284
Abstract

Relatedness is predicted to be a key determinant of cooperative behavior, but kin discrimination within social insect colonies is surprisingly rare. A lack of reliable cuticular hydrocarbon (CHC) cues is thought to be responsible, but here we show that in a high-profile paper wasp model, kin...

Author(s)
Leadbeater, E.; Dapporto, L.; Turillazzi, S.; Field, J.
Publisher
Oxford University Press, Cary, USA
Citation
Behavioral Ecology, 2014, 25, 2, pp 344-351
Abstract

Deeply conserved molecular mechanisms regulate food-searching behaviour in response to nutritional cues in a wide variety of vertebrates and invertebrates. Studies of the highly eusocial honey bee have shown that nutritional physiology and some conserved nutrient signalling pathways, especially the ...

Author(s)
Daugherty, T. H. F.; Toth, A. L.; Robinson, G. E.
Publisher
Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK
Citation
Molecular Ecology, 2011, 20, 24, pp 5337-5347
Abstract

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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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
Abstract

This review of recognition behaviour in social wasps first considers the recognition of blood relatives and of nestmates. Aspects of nestmate recognition discussed include relevant life history details, sexual hunting recognition and the establishment of recognition. Recognition of specific...

Author(s)
Kumano, N.; Kasuya, E.
Citation
Japanese Journal of Ecology, 1999, 49, 2, pp 183-191
Abstract

The present study was carried out under field conditions in Rio Claro, south-eastern Brazil, in 1991-93. The following average life-spans of adults of M. cerberus styx were observed: queens 191.1 days, workers 14.0 days, and males 10.7 days. The short longevity of workers is attributed to the early ...

Author(s)
Giannotti, E.
Citation
Sociobiology, 1999, 33, 3, pp 325-338
Abstract

Communication within families of Umbonia crassicornis in response to predation by the vespid Pseudopolybia compressa was studied in Costa Rica on Enterolobium cyclocarpum and Acacia centralis during July-August 1996. Aggregations of U. crassicornis were filmed and vibrational signals were recorded. ...

Author(s)
Cocroft, R. B.
Citation
Ethology, 1999, 105, 7, pp 553-568
Abstract

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

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