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Back then, the team thinks, there were no queens or worker castes. Instead, females shared a nest, but only one dominant female laid eggs and foraged for food. When that female died, a new female became dominant and began laying her own eggs, while also helping to rear the existing brood. And the two species have something in common they both live in dry, desert regions.
years ago in Africa," Michael says.
It turns out that in ancient bee societies, all individuals were created equal there were no queens and worker bees. They focused on this group because there's a big range in how social the various species are, from ones that live almost entirely alone, to ones with complex societies and worker castes.
The insight that harsh conditions probably led to the evolution of worker castes in these bees may well apply to other species, like naked mole rats, where individuals have to live in groups to survive tough underground conditions, but where many ultimately miss out on becoming dominant, says Michael.
Harsh environment created worker bees
The team looked at how closely related 16 of the living allodapine species are to each other, and how social they are. Then they analysed the past associations, to effectively go back in time, and infer what the long dead ancestor of this group of bees was probably like.
the flowers last. "Although the brood the workers help rear isn't their own, they are related to it, so workers can still help pass on copies of their own genes albeit not as efficiently as if they could lay their own eggs," says Michael.
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"This is a highly significant paper," says William Wcislo of the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama. "The evolution of queen and worker castes is one of a handful of major transitions in the evolution of how life on Earth is organised." And, contrary to some other theories, this work Converse Rainbow Shoes puts ecology and varying ecological challenges at the heart of an explanation for how it happened in allodapine bees, at least, he says. "Their finding puts natural history front Converse Uk Sale Size 8
Understanding how these worker castes evolved has been a major puzzle. But a team led by Associate Professor Michael Schwarz at Flinders University in Adelaide thinks it now has the answer at least for a group of bees.
In these regions, rain falls for only short periods each year. This means that the flowers that the bees rely on for food live for only a short time too short a time, in fact, for more than one female to become dominant and produce offspring each year.
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FEMALE HONEYBEES ARE FAMOUSLY divided into breeding queens and sterile workers. Other insects, like ants and termites, also have queens and worker 'castes', as do the naked mole rats of East Africa.
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