Fitness consequences of ecological constraints and implications for the evolution of sociality in an incipiently social bee

@inproceedings{Rehan2011FitnessCO,
  title={Fitness consequences of ecological constraints and implications for the evolution of sociality in an incipiently social bee},
  author={Sandra M Rehan and Michael P. Schwarz and Miriam H. Richards},
  year={2011}
}
Ecological constraints such as resource limitation, unfavourable weather conditions, and parasite pressure have long been considered some of the most important selective pressures for the evolution of sociality. In the present study, we assess the fitness consequences of these three ecological factors on reproductive success of solitary nests and social colonies in the socially polymorphic small carpenter bee, Ceratina australensis, based on 982 nests collected over four reproductive periods… CONTINUE READING
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