Data from: The extension of foundress lifespan and the evolution of eusociality in the Hymenoptera (American Naturalist)

Jack Da Silva
The evolution of effectively sterile workers in the aculeate Hymenoptera (ants, bees and stinging wasps) requires that a female’s lifespan largely overlap that of her daughters. The evolution of long nest foundress lifespans in eusocial species from the short lifespans of solitary species is investigated. Analyses that control for phylogeny show for the first time that foundress adult lifespan increases, and first-brood offspring development time decreases, with increasing colony size, resulting in the ratio of...
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