The evolution of male traits in social insects.

@article{Boomsma2005TheEO,
  title={The evolution of male traits in social insects.},
  author={Jacobus J Boomsma and Boris Baer and J{\"u}rgen Heinze},
  journal={Annual review of entomology},
  year={2005},
  volume={50},
  pages={395-420}
}
Pair formation in social insects mostly happens early in adult life and away from the social colony context, which precludes promiscuity in the usual sense. Termite males have continuous sperm production, but males of social Hymenoptera have fixed complements of sperm, except for a few species that mate before female dispersal and show male-fighting and lifelong sperm production. We develop an evolutionary framework for testing sexual selection and sperm competition theory across the advanced… CONTINUE READING
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