Huang Z.-Y.,Guangzhou Entomological Institute |
Qian X.,Guangzhou Entomological Institute |
Zhong J.-H.,Guangzhou Entomological Institute |
Hu J.,Guangzhou Entomological Institute |
And 3 more authors.
Sociobiology | Year: 2011
Colony age is an important intrinsic factor for differentiation in production of replacement reproductives in termites. We tested the effect of colony age on production and fecundity of replacement reproductives of the dry wood termite Cryptotermes domesticus (Haviland) by culturing different ages of orphaned colonies. No replacement reproductives were produced by 1 -year-old orphaned colonies. In contrast, 2.25-year-older orphaned colonies produced a pair of replacement reproductives, but no eggs. 3.25-year-old and above orphaned colonies oviposited functional eggs which can develop into larvae. The results reaffirm that colony age can have important influence not only on replacement reproductive production but also on their fecundity.