Encyclopedia of Entomology

2008 Edition
| Editors: John L. Capinera

Presocial Behavior

Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4020-6359-6_3121

Expression of one or two (but not all three) of the following traits of sociality: individuals of the same species cooperate in caring for the young; there is division of reproductive behavior, with more or less sterile individuals working on behalf of the fecund individuals; overlap of at least two generations in life stages contributing to colony labor, so that offspring can assist parents during some period of their life. Thus, presocial behavior is considered to include all the stages intermediate between solitary and eusocial behavior.

 Subsocial

 Communal

 Quasisocial

 Semisocial

 Eusocial Behavior

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