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War and Peace - Conflict and Cooperation in an Insect Society

Gadagkar, R (2011) War and Peace - Conflict and Cooperation in an Insect Society. In: Science Reporter, 2011 (1). pp. 8-12.

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Unknown to many of us, a large number of insect species organize themselves into very sophisticated societies. Their societies parallel and sometimes surpass human societies in their social organization, in their social integration, in communication, in division of labour and most importantly in the way in which they tread a very fine balance between conflict and cooperation. In a honey bee colony, for example, you may find fifty to sixty thousand individuals of which there is only one large fertile queen, a small number of males or drones, and the rest of the colony consists of small, sterile females who are referred to as workers. Together they function as a colony.

Item Type: Journal Article
Publication: Science Reporter
Publisher: Unknown
Keywords: Insect societies, Sociality, Honey bees, Social wasps
Department/Centre: Division of Biological Sciences > Centre for Ecological Sciences
Date Deposited: 23 Mar 2021 10:01
Last Modified: 23 Mar 2021 10:01
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/68352

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