E6 Further studies of behaviour

Here’s what we need to cover in this last section of Option E.

peacock by ozgurmulazimoglu on flickr

peacock by ozgurmulazimoglu on flickr

  1. Honey bees are social organisms.  Describe the organization of a bee colony – who does what.  Find one other example of such social organization and describe it.
  2. What is the role of natural selection in colonies like this?
  3. Give 2 non-human examples of altruistic behaviour and discuss in terms of evolution.
  4. What is foraging?  Bluegill fish forage for Daphnia.  Find one other example, and explain how this type of behaviour optimizes food intake.
  5. Peacocks have pretty fancy tail feathers.  Why have they evolved this way? Explain in terms of mate selection.
  6. Animals show rhythmical variations in activity.  Outline 2 examples illustrating this.  Eg, seasonal reproductive behaviour in deer.

Here’s a very useful slideshare presentation on this section.

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