A pair of scientists has proposed a new model for behavioral development among social insects, suggesting that a higher male susceptibility to disease has helped shape the evolution of the insects behavior.
What might be called the "sick-male" theory has been proposed by animal behaviorists Sean ODonnell of the University of Washington and Samuel Beshers of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and appears in the current issue of Proceedings Biological Sciences, published by the Royal Society of London.
Among behaviors possibly affected are the division of labor between males and females and the relative social isolation experienced by males in many social insect colonies.
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