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Maternal instincts lead to social life of bees


The maternal care of offspring is one of the behavioural drivers that has led some bee species to have an ever-expanding social life over the history of evolution, new research out of York University has found.

By virtue of being in a social group, the genome itself may respond by selecting more social rather than non-social genes. The behaviour and social environment come first setting the stage for future molecular evolution.

In addition, the researchers have found that a similar genetic evolution happened independently in different species at different times, suggesting there is a unifying principle leading to the same social trait. MORE

Header image: The face of Ceratina calcarate female carpenter bee. Credit: Sandra Rehan.