Genetic relatedness in colonies of tropical wasps with multiple queens.

@article{Queller1988GeneticRI,
  title={Genetic relatedness in colonies of tropical wasps with multiple queens.},
  author={David C. Queller and Joan E Strassmann and Colin R. Hughes},
  journal={Science},
  year={1988},
  volume={242 4882},
  pages={1155-7}
}
The evolution of worker behavior in the social insects is usually explained by kin selection: although workers do not produce offspring, they do reproduce their genes by aiding the reproduction of relatives. The most difficult case for kin selection theory would be species in which workers are fully capable of reproducing but instead opt to rear brood of low relatedness. These conditions are perhaps best fulfilled by the swarm-founding wasps because they have little caste differentiation and… CONTINUE READING

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