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Keywords:

  • Formicidae;
  • mating number;
  • microsatellites;
  • monogyny;
  • Myrmica

Abstract

In haplodiploid insects that create social systems, more than one male may contribute to the progeny of a single female (polyandry). Little is known about the possible evolutionary benefits of multiple mating or the occurrence of this phenomenon across different species of Hymenoptera. Here we present our observations of polyandry in a Myrmica scabrinodis Nylander population from southern Poland. The estimated proportion of multiply mated queens was 0.71 and the average pedigree-effective mate number was 1.45.