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dc.contributorHines, Heatheren_US
dc.creatorLhomme, Patricken_US
dc.identifier.citationPatrick Lhomme, Heather Hines. (4/10/2018). Ecology and Evolution of Cuckoo Bumble Bees. Annals of the Entomological Society of America.en_US
dc.description.abstractMost social insect lineages contain socially parasitic cheater species that, rather than produce their own workers, infiltrate the nests of closely related social species and force the hosts to rear their offspring. These parasites have often lost social traits, like the ability to rear and produce workers, while retaining abilities for reproductive control and exhibiting novel parasitic innovations to capitalize on host resources. Given their close relationships with their hosts, social parasites are particularly informative to understand antagonistic coevolution and the essential components of sociality. Bumble bee social parasites are well suited to inform such evolutionary questions as they exhibit a gradation from facultative to obligate parasitism in their three independent origins of social parasitism, while also exhibiting a diverse obligately socially parasitic lineage, the subgenus Psithyrus Lepeletier, that varies across species in host use and invasion strategies. Despite the insights it can provide, cuckoo bumble bees, like most social parasites, are rare to encounter, and as such represent some of the most poorly understood bumble bee lineages. In this review, we bring together the state of our knowledge on the ecology and evolution of these rare cuckoo bees, to set a framework for further study, while also highlighting our current gaps in knowledge. In particular, we describe patterns of host breadth, geographic range, behavioral and morphological innovations, and social invasion strategies utilized across these bees to varying success. Considering their rarity, we highlight the pressing need to study these social parasites given conservation threats posed by host species declinesen_US
dc.publisherOxford University Press (OUP): Policy F - Oxford Open Option Den_US
dc.sourceAnnals of the Entomological Society of America;(2018)en_US
dc.subjectsocial parasitismen_US
dc.titleEcology and Evolution of Cuckoo Bumble Beesen_US
dc.typeJournal Articleen_US
cg.creator.idLhomme, Patrick: 0000-0001-6735-9104en_US
cg.contributor.centerInternational Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas - ICARDAen_US
cg.contributor.centerPennsylvania State University - PennSUen_US
cg.contributor.centerUniversity of Mons, Research Institute for Biosciences - UMONS-IBSen_US
cg.contributor.crpCGIAR Research Program on Grain Legumes and Dryland Cereals - GLDCen_US
cg.contributor.funderInternational Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas - ICARDAen_US
cg.contributor.projectCommunication and Documentation Information Services (CODIS)en_US
cg.contributor.project-lead-instituteInternational Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas - ICARDAen_US
dc.identifier.statusOpen accessen_US

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