Mating strategies of queens in Lasius niger ants—is environment type important?

  title={Mating strategies of queens in Lasius niger ants—is environment type important?},
  author={Margaret Corley and Else J. Fjerdingstad},
  journal={Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology},
High relatedness among society members is believed important for the evolution of highly cooperative behaviours, yet queens of many social insects mate with multiple males which reduces nestmate relatedness and imposes also direct costs on queens. While theoretical models have suggested explanations for this puzzling queen behaviour, empirical studies fail to provide consistent answers especially for species with moderate levels of multiple mating. This may result from multiple mating only… CONTINUE READING


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