Data from: Feces production as a form of social immunity in an insect with facultative maternal care

Janina M. C. Diehl, Maximilian Körner, Michael Pietsch & Joël Meunier
Background: Social animals have the unique capability of mounting social defenses against pathogens. Over the last decades, social immunity has been extensively studied in species with obligatory and permanent forms of social life. However, its occurrence in less derived social systems and thus its role in the early evolution of group-living remains unclear. Here, we investigated whether lining nests with feces is a form of social immunity against microbial growth in the European earwig Forficula...
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