Social insects

Social insects are insect species that, as state-forming insects, each have one or, more rarely, several egg-laying females (queens), while the other colony members have reduced or non-functional gonads. These insects also cooperate closely and are among the most successful creatures.

In the zoo we keep the leafcutter ants and the harvest termites as eusocial insect states.

Verein zooschweiz
European Association of Zoos and Aquaria
Verband der Zoologischen Gärten
World Association of Zoos and Aquariums