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Cooperation in Social Insects

Gadagkar, R (2020) Cooperation in Social Insects. [Book Chapter]

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Many species of insects, such as ants, bees, wasps and termites, organize themselves into societies that parallel, and sometimes better, human societies. They have impressive levels of social organization, communication, division of labor, cooperation and conflict, altruism and self-sacrifice, policing and punishment, and learning and teaching. They can accomplish feats in warfare with neighboring colonies or feats of internal cooperation such as the construction of sophisticated nests or mounds, which are impossible for individual colony members. They are organized into colonies whose sizes range from a few individuals up to a million or more, occupying from a few centimeters to hundreds of square kilometers (Fig. 1).

Item Type: Book Chapter
Publisher: Springer International Publishing
Additional Information: copyright to this article belongs to Springer
Keywords: Social insects, Cooperation, Social organization, Policing
Department/Centre: Division of Biological Sciences > Centre for Ecological Sciences
Date Deposited: 16 Mar 2021 10:53
Last Modified: 16 Mar 2021 10:53
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/68393

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