social insects (ARTHRO: Insecta) 1. The ants, termites and some bees and wasps in which individuals of the same species cooperate in caring for the young, a reproductive division of labor is present, and an overlap of at least two generations in life stages contributing to the colony; eusocial insects. 2. A social insect that belongs to either a presocial or eusocial species.
social interaction (ARTHRO: Insecta) Relationships among individuals of a colony in which the behavior of one or a few indivduals influences others in the colony; social facilitation and social homeostasis are two interactions.
social parasite (ARTHRO: Insecta) A symbiont found in the nests of social insects, that feeds upon the food stores of the colony.
social parasitic castration (ARTHRO: Insecta) Pertaining to a Formicidae colony becoming parasitic on another colony of a different species and eliminating the reproductives of it's host colony.
social parasitism (ARTHRO: Insecta) The coexistence of two species of social insects in the same nest, in which one is parasitically dependent on the other. see symphile.
society n. [L. socius, companion] An organized cooperative group of individuals of the same species; communication between members is implied.
socii n.pl.; sing. -us [L. socius, companion] (ARTHRO: Insecta) In male Lepidoptera, lightly sclerotized, paired, hairy pads on the caudal margin of the tegumen near the base of the uncus in the genitalia. For Odonata, see superior appendages.
sociobiology n. [L. socius, companion; bios, life; logos, discourse] The study of all aspects of communication and social organization.
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