(ants, bees, wasps and termites) are among the most diverse and ecologically
important organisms on earth. As “superorganisms,” they live in intricately
governed societies that rival our own in complexity and internal cohesion.
They are particularly well suited to post-genome era biology because they
can be studied at multiple different levels of biological organization, from
gene to ecosystem, and much is known about their natural history. The
sequencing of the honey bee genome provides additional tools and information
that can be used to examine all insect societies.