Topical Collection "The Evolution of Insect Societies"

A topical collection in Insects (ISSN 2075-4450). This collection belongs to the section "Phylogeny and Evolution".


Dr. Romain Libbrecht
Collection Editor
Institute of Organismic and Molecular Evolution, Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, 55128 Mainz, Germany
Interests: I have a broad interest in understanding the organization and evolution of social life in insects. In this perspective, my group uses different approaches to study the genetic, genomic, epigenetic, behavioral and physiological mechanisms involved in the alternative production of queens and workers, the division of labor among workers, and more generally the regulation of reproduction, nutrition and behavior in several species of ants.

Topical Collection Information

Dear colleagues,

The evolution of social life is considered to be one of the major evolutionary transitions. Social life exists at multiple levels of social complexity, from simple family life, through cooperative breeding and group living, to societies. This variety of social complexity can be found in insect species, which have been prominently studied to investigate the functioning and evolution of social life in animals. This Special Issue will be centered around studies of the factors and mechanisms underlying the evolution of insect social life. We welcome the submission of studies of any social insects, irrespective of the level of social complexity, from species with simple social interactions to insect societies with morphologically distinct reproductive and non-reproductive castes.

Dr. Romain Libbrecht
Collection Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the collection website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

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  • social insects
  • social life
  • eusociality
  • superorganism
  • family life
  • parental care
  • cooperative breeding
  • division of labor

Published Papers

This collection is now open for submission.
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