Virtual Issue: Division of Labor

The growth and diversification of the study of division of labor in insect societies has to a remarkable extent occurred on the pages of Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, which is now celebrating its 40th anniversary. Over 160 articles on the topic have been published since the first issue in 1976 featured two papers on caste differentiation and social behavior. It is fitting that a special issue reflecting on the expansion of the field should appear in the same journal that for four decades has been a premier venue for the publication of cutting-edge multidisciplinary studies on the evolution, ecology, and mechanisms of division of labor. To acknowledge these important contributions and enable easy access, we have collated the 25 most frequently cited articles on social insect division of labor. Please see the list of articles below, organized in chronological order. We invite readers to search within the archives of Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology to locate other significant works in the field, and regularly read current issues to be updated on latest developments. 

Simon Robson, James Traniello

THE ORGANIZATION OF COLONY DEFENSE IN THE ANT PHEIDOLE DENTATA MAYR (HYMENOPTERA: FORMICIDAE)

Edward O. Wilson

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BEHAVIORAL DISCRETIZATION AND THE NUMBER OF CASTES IN AN ANT SPECIES

Edward O. Wilson

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CASTE AND DIVISION OF LABOR IN LEAF-CUTTER ANTS (HYMENOPTERA: FORMICIDAE: ATTA). I. THE OVERALL PATTERN IN A. SEXDENS

Edward O. Wilson

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CASTE AND DIVISION OF LABOR IN LEAF-CUTTER ANTS (HYMENOPTERA: FORMICIDAE: ATTA). II. THE ERGONOMIC OPTIMIZATION OF LEAF CUTTING

Edward O. Wilson

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CASTE AND DIVISION OF LABOR IN LEAF-CUTTER ANTS (HYMENOPTERA: FORMICIDAE: ATTA). III. ERGONOMIC RESILIENCY IN FORAGING BY A. CEPHALOTES

Edward O. Wilson

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CASTE AND DIVISION OF LABOR IN LEAF-CUTTER ANTS (HYMENOPTERA: FORMICIDAE: ATTA). IV. COLONY ONTOGENY OF A. CEPHALOTES

Edward O. Wilson

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DIVISION OF LABOR BETWEEN SCOUTS AND RECRUITS IN HONEYBEE FORAGING

Thomas D. Seeley

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THE RELATION BETWEEN CASTE RATIOS AND DIVISION OF LABOR IN THE ANT GENUS PHEIDOLE (HYMENOPTERA: FORMICIDAE)

Edward O. Wilson

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DIVISION OF LABOR DURING HONEY BEE COLONY DEFENSE

Michael D. Breed, Gene E. Robinson, Robert E. Page Jr.

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CASTE POLYETHISM AND COLLECTIVE DEFENSE IN THE ANT, PBEIDOLE PALLIDULA: THE OUTCOME OF QUANTITATIVE DIFFERENCES IN RECRUITMENT

C. Detrain, J. M. Pasteels

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BROOD SORTING BY ANTS: DISTRIBUTING THE WORKLOAD OVER THE WORK-SURFACE

N. R. Franks, A. B. Sendova-Franks

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EFFECTS OF INTERACTIONS AMONG GENOTYPICALLY DIVERSE NESTMATES ON TASK SPECIALIZATION BY FORAGING HONEY BEES (APIS MELLIFERA)

Nicholas W. Calderone, Robert E. Page Jr

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PARASITIC FLIES (DIPTERA: PHORIDAE) INFLUENCE FORAGING RHYTHMS AND CASTE DIVISION OF LABOR IN THE LEAF-CUTTER ANT, ATTA CEPHALOTES (HYMENOPTERA: FORMICIDAE)

Matthew R. Orr

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TRANSMISSION OF A PATHOGEN IN BOMBUS TERRESTRIS, WITH A NOTE ON DIVISION OF LABOUR IN SOCIAL INSECTS

Paul Schmid-Hempel, Regula Schmid-Hempel

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EFFECTS OF INTRACOLONY VARIABILITY IN BEHAVIORAL DEVELOPMENT ON PLASTICITY OF DIVISION OF LABOR IN HONEY BEE COLONIES

Tugrul Giray, Gene E. Robinson

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THE EFFECTS OF COLONY-LEVEL SELECTION ON THE SOCIAL ORGANIZATION OF HONEY BEE (APIS MELLIFERA L.) COLONIES: COLONY-LEVEL COMPONENTS OF POLLEN HOARDING

Robert E. Page Jr., M. Kim Fondrk

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REGULATION OF HONEY BEE DIVISION OF LABOR BY COLONY AGE DEMOGRAPHY

Zhi-Yong Huang, Gene E. Robinson

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EFFECTS OF COLONY FOOD SHORTAGE ON BEHAVIORAL DEVELOPMENT IN HONEY BEES

David J. Schulz, Zhi-Yong Huang,Gene E. Robinson

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TIMEKEEPING IN THE HONEY BEE COLONY: INTEGRATION OF CIRCADIAN RHYTHMS AND DIVISION OF LABOR

Darrell Moore, Jennifer E. Angel, Iain M. Cheeseman, Susan E. Fahrbach, Gene E. Robinson

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RESPONSE THRESHOLDS TO SUCROSE PREDICT FORAGING DIVISION OF LABOR IN HONEYBEES

T. Pankiw, R.E. Page Jr

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TASK PARTITIONING, DIVISION OF LABOUR AND NEST COMPARTMENTALISATION COLLECTIVELY ISOLATE HAZARDOUS WASTE IN THE LEAFCUTTING ANT ATTA CEPHALOTES

Adam G. Hart, Francis L.W. Ratnieks

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GENOTYPE AND COLONY ENVIRONMENT AFFECT HONEYBEE (APIS MELLIFERA L.) DEVELOPMENT AND FORAGING BEHAVIOR

Tanya Pankiw, Robert E. Page

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DIVISION OF LABOUR AND WORKER SIZE POLYMORPHISM IN ANT COLONIES: THE IMPACT OF SOCIAL AND GENETIC FACTORS

Tanja Schwander, Hervé Rosset, Michel Chapuisat

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AGE-RELATED REPERTOIRE EXPANSION AND DIVISION OF LABOR IN PHEIDOLE DENTATA (HYMENOPTERA: FORMICIDAE): A NEW PERSPECTIVE ON TEMPORAL POLYETHISM AND BEHAVIORAL PLASTICITY IN ANTS

Marc A. Seid, James F. A. Traniello

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EMERGENCE OF INCREASED DIVISION OF LABOR AS A FUNCTION OF GROUP SIZE

Raphaël Jeanson, Jennifer H. Fewell, Root Gorelick, Susan M. Bertram

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