The trade-off between reproduction and longevity is the substratum of the evolutionary theory of aging. However, the evolution of eusocial insects has been attended by both high fertility and long lifespan of the queens (and also kings in termites). Understanding why and how they overcome the trade-off sheds light on the unanticipated aspects of longevity beyond the classical aging theory. Recent studies have revealed the unique mechanisms underlying their extremely long longevity. In this symposium, we feature the theoretical and empirical studies on aging and longevity of social insects.
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