Does interindividual variation in energetic demand influence food sharing in the honeybee?
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A central benefit of group living is the cooperative acquisition and sharing of resources but the costs associated with these processes set up a potential conflict between individual and group level fitness. This means that all individuals do not get an equal share of the benefits or pay an equal share of the costs, which also results in an overall decrease in the average fitness of all group members. In contrast to group living animals in which behavior is driven by considerations of individual fitness, in eusocial groups such as the honeybee colony, it is generally considered that all group ...