Insects with PersonalityDr. Jim Fredericks
Monday, October 14, 2013
Like humans, not all individuals in a group of insects act
alike. They have distinct personalities that can either help or
hinder their survival.
Research with spiders at the University of Pittsburgh found
that groups of docile individuals reproduced and spread faster than
aggressive groups. However, the docile spiders were wiped out by invasive bugs. The
aggressive spiders were able to protect themselves against these
Further research might be able to show how different
personalities interact in social insects such as ants and bees.