Yoyo-bang: a risk-aversion investment strategy by a perennial insect society

@article{Cassill2002YoyobangAR,
  title={Yoyo-bang: a risk-aversion investment strategy by a perennial insect society},
  author={Deby Lee Cassill},
  journal={Oecologia},
  year={2002},
  volume={132},
  pages={150-158}
}
In 1978, Oster and Wilson proposed a bang-bang investment strategy for social insects in which colony size at maturity amplifies colony reproduction. In this paper, the investment strategies of the monogyne form of the fire ant, Solenopsis invicta, were compared to the predictions of the bang-bang model. Demographic census data, collected on fire ant mounds excavated every month during the years 1985 and 1988, revealed that colony reproduction was independent of colony size (~50,000 to ~250,000… CONTINUE READING

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