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Title: Benefits of insect colours: a review from social insect studies
Authors: Badejo, O.
Skaldina, O.
Gilev, A.
Sorvari, J.
Issue Date: 2020
Publisher: Springer Science and Business Media Deutschland GmbH
Citation: Benefits of insect colours: a review from social insect studies / O. Badejo, O. Skaldina, A. Gilev, et al. — DOI 10.1007/s00442-020-04738-1 // Oecologia. — 2020. — Vol. 194. — Iss. 1-2. — P. 27-40.
Abstract: Insect colours assist in body protection, signalling, and physiological adaptations. Colours also convey multiple channels of information. These channels are valuable for species identification, distinguishing individual quality, and revealing ecological or evolutionary aspects of animals’ life. During recent years, the emerging interest in colour research has been raised in social hymenopterans such as ants, wasps, and bees. These insects provide important ecosystem services and many of those are model research organisms. Here we review benefits that various colour types give to social insects, summarize practical applications, and highlight further directions. Ants might use colours principally for camouflage, however the evolutionary function of colour in ants needs more attention; in case of melanin colouration there is evidence for its interrelation with thermoregulation and pathogen resistance. Colours in wasps and bees have confirmed linkages to thermoregulation, which is increasingly important in face of global climate change. Besides wasps use colours for various types of signalling. Colour variations of well chemically defended social insects are the mimetic model for unprotected organisms. Despite recent progress in molecular identification of species, colour variations are still widely in use for species identification. Therefore, further studies on variability is encouraged. Being closely interconnected with physiological and biochemical processes, insect colouration is a great source for finding new ecological indicators and biomarkers. Due to novel digital imaging techniques, software, and artificial intelligence there are emerging possibilities for new advances in this topic. Further colour research in social insects should consider specific features of sociality. © 2020, The Author(s).
Keywords: APOSEMATISM
CAMOUFLAGE
COLOURATION
HYMENOPTERA
THERMAL MELANISM
APOIDEA
FORMICIDAE
HEXAPODA
HYMENOPTERA
ANIMAL
ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE
BEE
COLOR
ECOSYSTEM
EVOLUTION
INSECT
ANIMALS
ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE
BEES
BIOLOGICAL EVOLUTION
COLOR
ECOSYSTEM
INSECTA
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10995/101461
Access: info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess
SCOPUS ID: 85090122466
PURE ID: 14156303
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ISSN: 298549
DOI: 10.1007/s00442-020-04738-1
metadata.dc.description.sponsorship: We are warmly thankful to Stefan Pinkert and the anonymous reviewer, whose critical comments and suggestions helped to increase the quality of the manuscript. The study was financially supported by Kopion Naturalists’ Society (KLYY/Betty Väänänen fund) and Alfred Kordelin Foundation to OB; Jenny and Antti Wihuri Foundation [grants no 00180353 and 00190336] to OS. Photos, used in figures, were purchased according to copyright agreement with Standard license in Shutterstock, all rights reserved.
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