Queen lifespan and colony characteristics in ants and termites

  title={Queen lifespan and colony characteristics in ants and termites},
  author={Laurent Keller},
  journal={Insectes Sociaux},
  • L. Keller
  • Published 1 August 1998
  • Biology
  • Insectes Sociaux
Summary: Comparative studies are increasingly used to identify factors responsible for the evolution of plant and animal phenotypes and social insects provide ideal systems for such studies as a result of their modular growth and their bewildering diversity in social organization. Here I review data on the lifespan of queens in ants and termites because such data are highly relevant for comparative analyses on life-history. Lifespan has been reported in 53 ant and 10 termite species… 

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