Behavioral Ecology: Sex and Social Structure

by Elizabeth Pennisi

Behavioral ecologists are discovering that social roles in bees may recapitulate the reproductive life cycle of solitary females.

Highly social insects are an efficiency expert's dream come true. Without the benefit of instruction manuals and worker training classes, honey bee queens focus on laying eggs, leaving the details of brood care to an army of workers. One group of workers tends the nest, another forages for food, and neither pays much mind to reproducing. Ants and termites have similar divisions of labor...

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