Genetic relatedness and population structure in the social wasp,Mischocyttarus mexicanus (Hymenoptera: Vespidae)

@article{Strassmann2005GeneticRA,
  title={Genetic relatedness and population structure in the social wasp,Mischocyttarus mexicanus (Hymenoptera: Vespidae)},
  author={Joan E Strassmann and David C. Queller and Carlos R. Sol{\'i}s},
  journal={Insectes Sociaux},
  year={2005},
  volume={42},
  pages={379-383}
}
In primitively eusocial wasps workers often retain the ability to become queens, so their continued performance in the worker role is partly dependent on elevated genetic relatedness between workers and the brood they rear. In colonies of the social wasp,Mischocyttarus mexicanus, workers were related to female pupae by 0.29±0.12, a value that is significantly below the full sister value of 0.75, but not significantly below 0.50, worker relatedness to daughters. Though individuals often build… CONTINUE READING