FORAGING STRATEGY, WORKER MORTALITY, AND THE GROWTH OF THE COLONY IN SOCIAL INSECTS

@inproceedings{Houston1988FORAGINGSW,
  title={FORAGING STRATEGY, WORKER MORTALITY, AND THE GROWTH OF THE COLONY IN SOCIAL INSECTS},
  author={Alasdair Houston and Paul Schmid-Hempel and Alejandro Kacelnik},
  year={1988}
}
Models of optimal foraging often assume that maximizing the long-term net rate of gain is equivalent to maximizing fitness. We present a model that challenges this view on theoretical grounds for foragers from colonies of social insects. To maximize the number of reproductive forms produced by a colony, the production of new workers should be at a maximum during the ergonomic stage of a colony's development. However, when the mortality rate of workers depends on foraging performance, then… CONTINUE READING

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