Egg-laying in monogynous and polygynous colonies of the termite Macrotermes michaelseni (Isoptera, Macrotermitidae)

  title={Egg-laying in monogynous and polygynous colonies of the termite Macrotermes michaelseni (Isoptera, Macrotermitidae)},
  author={Manfred Kaib and M. Hacker and Roland Brandl},
  journal={Insectes Sociaux},
Summary: Our report provides quantitative information on egg production of termites in correlation with the weight of queens and the degree of polygyny of a colony. We suggest that in Macrotermes michaelseni king weight may be used as an independent surrogate for colony age. Queens of a given age (= king of the same weight) were heavier in monogynous colonies than in polygynous colonies. From isolated queens sampled in southern Kenya we found that egg-laying rates increased with queen weight… 

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