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Sex allocation conflict in insect societies: who wins?
journal contributionposted on 2023-06-08, 04:45 authored by Heikki Helanterä, Francis Ratnieks
Sex allocation in colonies of eusocial Hymenoptera is one of the best studied social conflicts. We outline a framework for analysing conflict outcome through power and the costs of manipulation and suggest that the conflict will often be unresolved because both major parties of interest, the queen and the workers, should manipulate allocation even at considerable costs to the colony. We suggest future work for analysing power in the conflict between queen and workers over sex allocation and discuss the extent of male power.
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