Aging and reproduction in social insects--a mini-review.

  title={Aging and reproduction in social insects--a mini-review.},
  author={J{\"u}rgen Heinze and Alexandra Schrempf},
  volume={54 3},
Perennial social insects are characterized by the extraordinarily long lifespan of their reproductive females, which may be tens or hundreds of times larger than that of non-social insects of similar body size and also greatly surpasses that of conspecific non-reproductives. Evolutionary theories of aging explain this phenomenon from the low extrinsic mortality queens experience once they have successfully established their colony. The aim of our review is to summarize recent findings on the… CONTINUE READING

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