Journal of Evolutionary Biochemistry and Physiology

, Volume 50, Issue 5, pp 363–382 | Cite as

Development of socialty in the bee superfamily (Hymenoptera, Apoidea)

  • E. K. EskovEmail author


Regularities of the appearance of family in the bee superfamily have been analyzed. It is shown that conversion in highly organized eusocial bee species into the biological unit is coupled to perfection of instincts of care of offspring of the female-founderer, an increase of its lifespan, with strengthening of various forms of domination. The concept is substantiated that development of offspring of dominating females under similar conditions ruling out the intranest competition as well as strengthening of interconnection and interdependence between members of the family have led to the appearance of family selection.

Key words

evolution bee family socialty instincts competition consolidation domination. 


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