Identification, Images, & Information
For Insects, Spiders & Their Kin
For the United States & Canada
Clickable Guide
Moths Butterflies Flies Caterpillars Flies Dragonflies Flies Mantids Cockroaches Bees and Wasps Walkingsticks Earwigs Ants Termites Hoppers and Kin Hoppers and Kin Beetles True Bugs Fleas Grasshoppers and Kin Ticks Spiders Scorpions Centipedes Millipedes

Calendar
Upcoming Events

Discussion of 2018 gathering

Photos of insects and people from the 2015 gathering in Wisconsin, July 10-12

Photos of insects and people from the 2014 gathering in Virginia, June 4-7.

Photos of insects and people from the 2013 gathering in Arizona, July 25-28

Photos of insects and people from the 2012 gathering in Alabama

Photos of insects and people from the 2011 gathering in Iowa

Photos from the 2010 Workshop in Grinnell, Iowa

Photos from the 2009 gathering in Washington

TaxonomyBrowse
Info
ImagesLinksBooksData

caste

Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
No Taxon (Glossary)
No Taxon (C)
No Taxon caste
Identification
caste noun, plural castes - specialized morphological or behavioral form of a eusocial insect. Different castes perform different work within a colony. Examples include reproductives (females called a queen, males called drones in some groups), worker (sterile individual, usually most abundant in a colony), and solider (often called major worker, specialized for colony defense). Caste status is determined throughout an insect's life, and does not change with age. Eggs, larvae, and pupae are life stages, not castes (1). Reproductive individuals are usually winged, at least at the start of their lives, and are called alates.

Images showing examples of different castes in eusocial insects:
See Also
queen
drone
worker
soldier
Print References
Gordh, A Dictionary of Entomology, p. 168 (1)
Internet References
North Dakota State University: Social Insects
Works Cited
1.A Dictionary of Entomology
George Gordh, David H. Headrick. 2003. CABI Publishing.