Preferences help
enabled [disable] Abstract
Number of results
2009 | 58 | 3-4 | 347-355
Article title

Dobór krewniaczy a ewolucja owadów eusocjalnych

Title variants
Kin selection and the evolution of eusocial insects
Languages of publication
Charles Darwin identified eusocial evolution in insects as a particular challenge to his theory of natural selection. A century later it was William Hamilton how provided a framework for kin selection theory, explaining evolution of altruistic behaviours and by this also the origin of eusociality in Hymenoptera. Since in these insects males develop from haploid unfertilized eggs and females from diploid ones the females are more related to full-sisters (0.75) than to their daughters (0.5). As a result females would have higher inclusive fitness if they reared monandrous mother's offspring rather than their own. However, this concept still remains contentious despite the fact that all evidence currently available indicates that obligatory sterile eusocial castes only arose via the association of lifetime monogamous parents and offspring. Unexpectedly support for Hamilton's rule came from examples of conflicts in eusocial insects, because the causes of these conflicts and their resolutions both are based on the inclusive fitness of colony members. A conflict over sex allocation is predicted between the workers who rear the brood and the queen who lays the eggs. Worker policing, whereby workers selectively destroy eggs laid by their worker sisters, is predicted when the queen has few partners. These and other examples strongly suggest that an individual and not the superorganizm (colony) is the basic level of natural selection.
Physical description
  • Instytut Nauk o Środowisku, Uniwersytet Jagielloński, Gronostajowa 7, 30-387 Kraków, Polska
  • Crespi B. J., 1992. Eusociality in Australian gall thrips. Nature 359, 724-766.
  • Crow J. F., 1999. Anecdotal, Historical and Critical Commentaries on Genetics. Genetics 152, 821-825.
  • Darwin C., 1859. On the origin of species by means of natural selection. London, UK, J. Murray.
  • Dawkins R., 1976. The selfish gene. Oxforf University Press.
  • Fisher R. A., 1918. The correlation between relatives on the supposition of Mendelian inheritance. Trans. R. Soc. Edinb. 52, 399-433.
  • Haldane J. B. S., 1955. Population genetics. New Biol., 18, 34-51.
  • Hamilton W. D., 1964a. The genetic evolution of social behaviour. I. J. Theor. Biol. 7, 1-16.
  • Hamilton W. D., 1964b. The genetic evolution of social behaviour II. J. Theor. Biol. 7, 17-52.
  • Hamilton W. D., 1987. Kinship, recognition, disease, and intelligence; constraints of social evolution. [W:] Animal Society: Theory and factors. Ito Y., Brown J. L., Kikkawa J. (red.). Japanese Scientific Society Press, Tokyo, 81-102.
  • Hölldobler B., Wilson E. O., 2008. The super-organism. New York, NY, Norton.
  • Hughes W. O. H., Oldroyd B. P., Beekman M., Ratnieks F. L. W., 2008. Ancestral monogamy shows kin selection is key to the evolution of eusociality. Science 320, 1213-1216.
  • Kent D. S., Simpson J. A., 1992 - Eusociality in the beetle Austroplatypus incompertus (Coleoptera: Curculionidae). Naturwissenschaften 79, 86-87.
  • Maynard Smith J., 1964. Kin selection and group selection. Nature 201, 1145-1147.
  • Ratnieks F. L. W., Visscher P. K., 1989. Worker policing in honeybees. Nature, 342, 796-797.
  • Moroń D., Witek M., Woyciechowski M., 2008. Division of labour among workers with different life expectancy in the ant Myrmica scabrinodis. Anim. Behav. 75, 345-350.
  • Sundstöm L. 1994. Sex ratio bias, relatedness asymmetry and queen mating frequency in ants. Nature 367: 266-268.
  • Tofilski A., 2009. Shorter-lived workers start foraging earlier. Insect Soc. 56, 359-366.
  • Trivers R. L., Hare H., 1976. Haplodiploidy and the evolution of social insects. Science 191, 249-263.
  • Wilsona E. O., 1971. The insect societies. Belknap Press of Harvard Univ. Press, Cambridge, Massachusetts.
  • Woyciechowski M., 1985. Socjobiologia, ewolucja altruizmu a pszczelarstwo. Przegląd Zoologiczny 29, 269-292.
  • Woyciechowski M., Łomnicki A., 1987. Multiple mating of queens and the sterility of workers among eusocial Hymenoptera. J. theor. Biol. 128, 317-327.
  • Woyciechowski M., Moroń D., 2009. Life expectancy and onset of foraging in the honeybee (Apis mellifera). Ins. Soc. 56, 193-201.
  • Woyciechowski M., Kozłowski J., 1998. Division of labor by division of risk according to worker life expectancy in the honey bee (Apis mellifera). Apidologie 29, 143-157.
  • Wright S., 1922. Coefficients of inbreeding and relationship. Am. Nat. 56, 330-338.
Document Type
Publication order reference
YADDA identifier
JavaScript is turned off in your web browser. Turn it on to take full advantage of this site, then refresh the page.