Worker reproduction and policing in insect societies: an ESS analysis.

@article{Wenseleers2004WorkerRA,
  title={Worker reproduction and policing in insect societies: an ESS analysis.},
  author={Tom Wenseleers and Heikki Helanter{\"a} and Audrey Hart and Francis L. W. Ratnieks},
  journal={Journal of evolutionary biology},
  year={2004},
  volume={17 5},
  pages={
          1035-47
        }
}
Insect societies are vulnerable to exploitation by workers who reproduce selfishly rather than help to rear the queen's offspring. In most species, however, only a small proportion of the workers reproduce. Here, we develop an evolutionarily stable strategy (ESS) model to investigate factors that could explain these observed low levels of reproductive exploitation. Two key factors are identified: relatedness and policing. Relatedness affects the ESS proportion of reproductive workers because… CONTINUE READING

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