From Genes to Animal Behavior

Part of the series Primatology Monographs pp 83-112

Social Structures and Conflict Resolution in Primitively Eusocial Polistes Wasps

  • Koji TsuchidaAffiliated withLaboratory of Insect Ecology, Faculty of Applied Biological Sciences, Gifu University Email author 

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The theory of kin selection (Hamilton 1964a, b) explains the evolution of helping behavior among relatives (see Chap.  3), but it also predicts several conflicts among relatives. First, individuals belonging to the same generation compete over resources. For example, several foundresses can compete with one another upon colony founding. Second, queen(s) and daughter workers belonging to different generations compete over the sex ratio. Third, queen(s) and workers compete over male parentage. The second and third conflicts are expected when the relatedness between interacting providers and recipients of altruism differs among kin groups.