Egg size and reproductive allocation in eusocial thrips
Reproductive allocation, in terms of fecundity and egg size, has been given little consideration in eusocial societies. To begin to address this, absolute and body size-adjusted egg volumes were compared, along with fecundity, between the foundress and her subfertile soldier offspring in the eusocial, gall-inducing thrips, Kladothrips hamiltoni, Kladothrips waterhousei, and Kladothrips habrus, and a congeneric, Kladothrips morrisi, with fully fecund soldiers. Soldiers produced significantly...[Show more]
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