Support for maternal manipulation of developmental nutrition in a facultatively eusocial bee, Megalopta genalis (Halictidae)

@inproceedings{Kapheim2010SupportFM,
  title={Support for maternal manipulation of developmental nutrition in a facultatively eusocial bee, Megalopta genalis (Halictidae)},
  author={Karen M Kapheim and Sandra P. Bernal and Adam R. Smith and Peter Nonacs and William T. Wcislo},
  booktitle={Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology},
  year={2010}
}
Developmental maternal effects are a potentially important source of phenotypic variation, but they can be difficult to distinguish from other environmental factors. This is an important distinction within the context of social evolution, because if variation in offspring helping behavior is due to maternal manipulation, social selection may act on maternal phenotypes, as well as those of offspring. Factors correlated with social castes have been linked to variation in developmental nutrition… CONTINUE READING