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Unformatted text preview: Insect Social Behavior How Do We Defne True Social Behavior (Eusociality)? ♦ individuals oF the same species cooperate in caring For young ♦ there is a reproductive division oF labor with more oF less sterile individuals working on behalF oF Fecund individuals ♦ there is an overlap oF at least 2 generations in liFe stages capable oF contributing to colony labor Levels oF Social Behavior Solitary : show none oF the traits oF sociality, each Female lays eggs, but provides no care oF oFFspring Subsocial : adults care For eggs, nymphs or larvae For some period oF time (extended parental care) Communal : members oF the same generation use a composite nest without cooperating in care oF young Quasisocial : member oF same generation use the same nest and cooperate in care oF young Semisocial : members oF same generation use the same nest, cooperate in care oF young and have a reproductive division oF labor Subsocial Behavior Parental Care : Adults care for eggs, nymphs, or larvae for some period of time. Subsocial cockroach caring for her young. Parental Care in the Giant Water Bug (Family Belastomatidae) Females deposit eggs on the dorsum of the male and the male broods the eggs till they hatch....
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- Fall '06
- Termite, The Queen, eusociality, reproductives