Behavioural development, fat reserves and their association with productivity in Lasius flavus founding queens

Norman, V C, Pamminger, T and Hughes, W O H (2016) Behavioural development, fat reserves and their association with productivity in Lasius flavus founding queens. Naturwissenschaften, 103 (23). ISSN 0028-1042

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Abstract

Reproduction-related behaviours are key components determining individual fitness. Many behavioural traits are linked, and such trait associations often affect fitness. Here, we combine behavioural and physiological data during two critical time points of founding queens (early and late nest-founding stage) in the claustral ant Lasius flavus to assess how these factors affect their initial productivity. We show that most behavioural traits, except brood care behaviour, are plastic during queen development and demonstrate that there are alternative behavioural pathways to achieve high productivity under standardised conditions. These results indicate that queens can utilise multiple behavioural trait combinations to maximise reproductive output at the earliest, and arguably most critical, time of colony foundation.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Life Sciences > Evolution, Behaviour and Environment
Depositing User: William Hughes
Date Deposited: 11 Mar 2016 06:53
Last Modified: 11 Mar 2016 06:53
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/60007
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