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Schrempf, Alexandra ; Heinze, Jürgen
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Date of publication of this fulltext: 05 Aug 2009 13:50


Abstract

The number of queens per colony is of fundamental importance in the life history of social insects. Multiple queening (polygyny), with dependent colony founding by budding, has repeatedly evolved from ancestral single queening (monogyny) and independent founding by solitary queens in waSPS, bees and ants. By contrast, the reversal to monogyny appears to be rare, as polygynous queens often lack ...

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