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… 

Unrelated queens coexist in colonies of the termite Macrotermes michaelseni

It is shown that nestmate queens in mature colonies of the termite Macrotermes michaelseni are unrelated, and it is found that all nestmates contributed to the production of steriles.

Benefits and Costs of Secondary Polygyny in the Dampwood Termite Zootermopsis angusticollis

The physiological responses of neotenics to the increasing queen/worker ratio may have the benefit of enhancing the colony growth at the cost of the fecundity of individual queens.

Queen fecundity and reproductive skew in the termite Nasutitermes corniger

Oviposition rates in the neotropical termite Nasutitermes corniger are analyzed to hypothesize that the incentive to tolerate reproduction by other females is especially pronounced for heavier queens, because these queens are close to the limit of their own reproductive capacity.

Longevity of kings and queens and first time of production of fertile progeny in dampwood termite (Isoptera; Termopsidae; Zootermopsis) colonies with different reproductive structures

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Geographic variation of polygyny in the termite Macrotermes michaelseni (Sjöstedt)

Evidence is provided for an increase of the frequency in polygyny towards a distributional border and it is provided that the mutilations of queens' antennae may be a measure of ongoing aggression as well as aggression in the past.

Impact of orphaning on field colonies of Southeast Asian Macrotermes gilvus (Hagen) and M. carbonarius (Hagen) (Termitidae, Macrotermitinae)

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Colony Genetic Structure of Reticulitermes flavipes (Kollar) from Natural Populations in Nebraska

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Termites, hemimetabolous diploid white ants?

  • J. Korb
  • Biology
    Frontiers in Zoology
  • 2008
This review focuses on termites with an ancestral life type, the wood-dwelling termites, to compare them with ants, and proposes that this wing polyphenism might present a basis for the evolution of social life in termites.

Disease and colony establishment in the dampwood termite Zootermopsis angusticollis: survival and fitness consequences of infection in primary reproductives

The results suggest that disease can have significant survival and fitness costs during the critical phase of colony foundation but that infection at this time may not necessarily impact long-term colony growth.

Termite’s royal cradle: does colony foundation success differ between two subterranean species?

The data suggest that the two species have different levels of colony foundation success, resulting in differences in colony development, and this finding could help explain the invasiveness of R. flavipes.



Cooperative colony founding and experimental primary polygyny in the ponerine ant Pachycondyla villosa

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Social control of egg‐laying rate in queens of the fire ant, Solenopsis invicta*

Either the logarithmic relation of fecundity to larval numbers or physical limits of the queen may set the maximum egg‐laying rate, and thus determine maximum colony size, and the data do not allow a clear choice between these alternatives.

Flight and colony foundation in twoCubitermes species (Isoptera: Termitidæ)

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Mutilation of the Primary Reproductives in Termites of the Genus Macrotermes

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