Termite ‘police’ help manage colonies

Termite ‘police’ help manage colonies
Termite ‘police’ help manage colonies

Many insects, such as ants, bees, wasps and termites, live in cooperative groups with one or a few reproductives and many workers. And reproductive conflicts are common in these insect societies, said Qian “Karen” Sun, an assistant professor in the LSU AgCenter Department of Entomology.

A typical termite colony starts with one queen and one king. A queen can live for 30 to 40 years while most workers live for one year. Eventually, however, the queen or king dies, and some immature termites, such as workers, start to differentiate into replacement reproductives.

As reproductives emerge, competition begins.

 

 

To read more please log in or subscribe to the digital edition http://www.etypeservices.com/Jena%20TimesID339/

Rate this article: 
No votes yet