• Corpus ID: 8012057

Conflict over sex ratio and male production in paper wasps

@article{Tsuchida2006ConflictOS,
  title={Conflict over sex ratio and male production in paper wasps},
  author={Koji Tsuchida and Tadashi Suzuki},
  journal={Annales Zoologici Fennici},
  year={2006},
  volume={43},
  pages={468-480}
}
Kin selection theory has been used to generate several useful frameworks in the field of evolutionary ecology. We briefly review the research on two main theoretical predictions for sex ratio variation among colonies, and for worker policing, using a relatedness framework in paper wasps. Contrary to the studies of advanced eusocial wasps, conclusive evidence showing worker control of sex ratio has not been shown in primitively eusocial Polistes, which suggests that collective worker control is… 

Figures and Tables from this paper

Sex Ratio Is Synergistically Modulated by Local Resource Competition and Enhancement: the Case of a Primitively Eusocial Wasp Under Female Philopatry
TLDR
It is suggested that although the population structure seems to meet the requirements of LRC, the sex ratio is not modulated solely by LRC and the availability of female helpers at the founding stage likely mitigates thesex ratio predicted by L RC through LRE.
DETERMINATION OF THE COST OF WORKER REPRODUCTION VIA DIMINISHED LIFE SPAN IN THE ANT DIACAMMA SP.
TLDR
It is suggested that an increased workload can account for the reduction in life span better than a trade‐off between reproduction and longevity.
Colony growth and reproductive ability of feral nests of the introduced bumblebee Bombus terrestris in northern Japan
TLDR
The propagule pressure hypothesis appears to explain the probability of establishment of this invasive species, and B. terrestris may win usurpation contests against native species due to its large size, resulting in the decline of native bumblebee species.
Social Structures and Conflict Resolution in Primitively Eusocial Polistes Wasps
The theory of kin selection (Hamilton 1964a, b) explains the evolution of helping behavior among relatives (see Chap. 3), but it also predicts several conflicts among relatives. First, individuals
The look of royalty: visual and odour signals of reproductive status in a paper wasp
TLDR
An association between visual and chemical signals in the paper wasp Polistes satan was presented and it was showed that in nest-founding phase colonies, variation of visual signals is linked to relative fertility, while chemical signals are related to dominance status.
Dominance hierarchy among workers changes with colony development in Polistes japonicus (Hymenoptera, Vespidae) paper wasp colonies with a small number of workers
TLDR
The hypothesis that the probability of a worker inheriting the colony increases rapidly with colony development, and consequently younger larger workers attempt to move up the dominance hierarchy in order to produce their own offspring by becoming the superseder late in colony development is proposed.

References

SHOWING 1-10 OF 128 REFERENCES
A TEST OF WORKER POLICING THEORY IN AN ADVANCED EUSOCIAL WASP, VESPULA RUFA
TLDR
It is shown that the yellowjacket Vespula rufa is characterized by low mating frequency, and that a significant percentage of the males are workers' sons, which supports theoretical predictions for paternities below 2, and contrasts with other Vespinae wasps, in which paternITIES are higher and few or no adult males are worker produced, probably due to worker policing.
QUEEN-WORKER CONFLICTS OVER MALE PRODUCTION AND SEX ALLOCATION IN A PRIMITIVELY EUSOCIAL WASP
TLDR
The results suggest that queens control colony investment, even though they allow worker oviposition in queen-right colonies, and eggs laid by workers may be policed by the queen and/or fellow workers.
Conflict over Male Parentage in Social Insects
TLDR
The study indicates that intra- and interspecific variation in male parentage cannot be accounted for by the relatedness hypothesis alone and that increased colony efficiency is an important factor responsible for the evolution of worker-policing.
Colony level sex allocation in a polygynous and polydomous ant
TLDR
Both the alate and wingless sex ratios may be influenced by a common primary sex ratio at the egg stage, the variance of which may have genetic components.
Sex ratio bias, relatedness asymmetry and queen mating frequency in ants
TLDR
This work provides the first empirical evidence of facultative sex ratio biasing in response to relatedness asymmetries caused by inter-colony variations in queen mating frequencies of the ant Formica truncovum.
The Effect of Sex‐Allocation Biasing on the Evolution of Worker Policing in Hymenopteran Societies
TLDR
An inclusive‐fitness model is developed to show that a second reproductive conflict, the conflict over sex allocation, can explain the evolution of worker policing contrary to relatedness predictions.
Kin selection, relatedness, and worker control of reproduction in a large-colony epiponine wasp, Brachygastra mellifica
TLDR
Genotypes from two DNA microsatellite loci are used to show that two kinds of collective worker interests are satisfied in Brachygastra mellifica, a member of the multiqueen epiponine wasps, and the genetic analyses showed that most or all males come from queens.
SEX ALLOCATION IN MOUND-BUILDING ANTS: THE ROLES OF RESOURCES AND QUEEN REPLENISHMENT
TLDR
This study shows the positive correlation between female-biased sex ratio and the production of brood by female-producing colonies was not the outcome of a trade-off in theproduction of workers vs. gynes, and suggests that queen number limits production in female- producing colonies.
Queen and worker policing in monogynous and monandrous colonies of a primitively eusocial wasp
  • T. Saigo, K. Tsuchida
  • Biology
    Proceedings of the Royal Society of London. Series B: Biological Sciences
  • 2004
TLDR
This work conducted field and laboratory studies to evaluate queen and worker policing in queen–right colonies of the primitively eusocial wasp Polistes chinensis antennalis, revealing that both queen and workers removed both queen– and worker–laid eggs in monogynous and monandrous colonies.
Colony‐level sex ratio selection in the eusocial Hymenoptera
TLDR
An inclusive fitness model on worker‐controlled sex investments in eusocial Hymenoptera is presented which expands the existing theory for random mating populations as formulated by Trivers and Hare (1976) and Benford (1978) and gives further quantitative predictions of the optimal sex ratio of relatedness‐asymmetry classes.
...
...