Reproductive plasticity in Polistes paper wasp workers and the evolutionary origins of sociality.

@article{Tibbetts2011ReproductivePI,
  title={Reproductive plasticity in Polistes paper wasp workers and the evolutionary origins of sociality.},
  author={Elizabeth A Tibbetts and S Jay Levy Jerome Levy and Kellie Donajkowski},
  journal={Journal of insect physiology},
  year={2011},
  volume={57 7},
  pages={995-9}
}
Regulatory pathways in solitary species provide the raw materials for the evolution of sociality. Therefore, comparing the mechanisms that mediate reproductive plasticity in social species and their solitary ancestors can provide insight into the evolutionary origin of sociality. In many solitary insects, the effect of juvenile hormone (JH) on fertility is mediated through the fat body; individuals in good physical condition show a stronger fertility response to JH than individuals in poor… CONTINUE READING

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