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Life Sciences | Read the Virtual Issue: DIVISION OF LABOR

Read the 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

Behavioral discretization and the number of castes in an ant species 

Edward O. Wilson

Caste and division of labor in leaf-cutter ants (Hymenoptera: Formicidae: Atta). I. The overall pattern in A. sexdens  

Edward O. Wilson

Caste and division of labor in leaf-cutter ants (Hymenoptera: Formicidae: Atta). II. The ergonomic optimization of leaf cutting 

Edward O. Wilson

Caste and division of labor in leaf-cutter ants (Hymenoptera: Formicidae: Atta). III. Ergonomic resiliency in foraging by A. cephalotes 

Edward O. Wilson

Caste and division of labor in leaf-cutter ants (Hymenoptera: Formicidae: Atta). IV. Colony ontogeny of A. cephalotes 

Edward O. Wilson

Division of labor between scouts and recruits in honeybee foraging 

Thomas D. Seeley

The relation between caste ratios and division of labor in the ant genus Pheidole (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) 

Edward O. Wilson

Division of labor during honey bee colony defense 

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

Caste polyethism and collective defense in the ant, Pbeidole pallidula: the outcome of quantitative differences in recruitment 

C. Detrain, J. M. Pasteels

Brood sorting by ants: distributing the workload over the work-surface 

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

Effects of interactions among genotypically diverse nestmates on task specialization by foraging honey bees (Apis mellifera) 

Nicholas W. Calderone, Robert E. Page Jr

Parasitic flies (Diptera: Phoridae) influence foraging rhythms and caste division of labor in the leaf-cutter ant, Atta cephalotes (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) 

Matthew R. Orr

Transmission of a pathogen in Bombus terrestris, with a note on division of labour in social insects 

Paul Schmid-Hempel, Regula Schmid-Hempel

Effects of intracolony variability in behavioral development on plasticity of division of labor in honey bee colonies 

Tugrul Giray, Gene E. Robinson

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

Regulation of honey bee division of labor by colony age demography 

Zhi-Yong Huang, Gene E. Robinson

Effects of colony food shortage on behavioral development in honey bees 

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

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

Response thresholds to sucrose predict foraging division of labor in honeybees 

T. Pankiw, R.E. Page Jr

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

Genotype and colony environment affect honeybee (Apis mellifera L.) development and foraging behavior 

Tanya Pankiw, Robert E. Page

Division of labour and worker size polymorphism in ant colonies: the impact of social and genetic factors 

Tanja Schwander, Hervé Rosset, Michel Chapuisat

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

Emergence of increased division of labor as a function of group size 

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