social insect

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an insect that lives in a colony with other insects of the same species

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Rodgers, Debugging the Link between Social Theory and Social Insects.
Social insects are very rudimentary creatures whose solitary behaviour can hardly be called complex or intelligent.
The life cycle of social insects, with the exception of termites, consists of four stages: egg, larva, pupa and adult.
This phenomenon, "social parasitism", has been extensively investigated in social insects, particularly, ants.
In social insects, workers usually stay on their maternal nest and help the colony to succeed, but at a cost to their own direct reproduction (Hamilton 1964).
Coefficients of relatedness in a social insect colony containing a queen and her progeny reveal asymmetries that result from the haplodiploid sex determination system of Hymenopterans.
The inclusion of the Philippine pangolin in Appendix I would help prevent the further decline of its population in the wild and ensure their continued performance as a regulator of social insect populations.
Termites is social insect that belongs to order Isoptera, Like ants, some bees and wasps, termites divide labor among castes that consist of sterile male and female "workers" and "soldiers".
Most of the members of this genus are associated with social insect nests, i.
The author warns that only an understanding of how those old models came about can help today's scientists keep old language and assumptions out of new theories about social insect and human behavior.
Camargo's research on stingless bees, which he studied for nearly 50 years, provides an invaluable legacy to all students of social insect behavior and evolution.
It also goes on to say that a bee is a social insect, not an animal.
Moreover, these kind of social insect behaviours have inspired many mechanisms for building artificial self-organised systems [7][32] [30] [39].
Because social insect colonies are intermediate in their degree of integration between a single soma and a collection of unconnected individuals, they have been favorite subjects for studies of self-organization (see, e.
Finally, there was significant interest in biologically inspired models for agents based on hormones or social insect behavior and in the design of all sorts of societies, robot teams, and software teams to model partnership and coalitions as well as coordination and collaboration models.
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