A review on self-destructive defense behaviors in social insects

  title={A review on self-destructive defense behaviors in social insects},
  author={J. Shorter and O. Rueppell},
  journal={Insectes Sociaux},
  • J. Shorter, O. Rueppell
  • Published 2011
  • Biology
  • Insectes Sociaux
  • Colony defense is a necessary but dangerous task for social insects, and nest defensive behaviors often lead to a premature death of the actor. As an extreme form of colony defense, self-sacrificial behaviors have evolved by kin selection in various social insects. Most self-sacrificial defensive mechanisms occur in response to an acute threat to the colony, but some behaviors are preemptive actions that avert harm to the colony. Self-sacrifice has also been observed as a form of preemptive… CONTINUE READING

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