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Pheromones involved in insect parental care and family life
- Steiger, Sandra, Stökl, Johannes
- Current opinion in insect science 2017 v.24 pp. 89-95
- brood rearing, chemical communication, family relations, females, males, parents, pheromones, progeny, siblings, social insects, vertebrates
- Effective parental care requires recognition and communication processes. Whereas chemical communication has been studied intensively in eusocial organisms, in which the workers (siblings) predominantly provide brood care, insect groups in which parents engage in care have been largely neglected. However, the study of communication in insect families might complement and enhance our understanding not only of the evolution of signaling process involved in social insects, but also of those involved in vertebrate families. In this review, we synthesize the existing information about the pheromones and chemical cues that regulate and affect insect parental care and family life. We will present research dealing with pre-hatching as well as post-hatching parental care and cover interactions between parents and offspring, between male and female parents, and among siblings.