The behavioural adaptation in social insects could be best described as …..

Filed in Uncategorized by on March 5, 2015 1 Comment

This question is derived from JAMB Past Question  2013 in Biology Paper Type U.

Adaptations of plants and animals forms the integral part of JAMB examination. Here, the examiner wants to test candidates knowledge of elementary ecology.

This is how the question goes…

The behavioural adaptation in social insects could be best described as …..

  • (a) saprophytism
  • (b) parasitism
  • (c) commercialism
  • (d) symbiosis

 

How to tackle this question.

Ask yourself, what are social insects? Social insect

Social insects are those insects that exhibit “social behaviours” e.g feeding aggregations, parental care of the young, build and share communal nest sites. These insects interacts a alot among another member in it’s own species.

A typical example of social insects are termites

With that in mind, you begin to test the options to see which one is actually correct.

(a) Parasitism is a non-mutual relationship between two species of plants or animals which one benefit at the expense of another. Example is maleria parasite (plasmodium) that feeds on human blood cells at the expense of human exposure to sickness.  So, this in not how termites behave and that’s not the correct option.

(b) Saprophytism explains the kind of relationship between a mold that grows on top of a decayed bread. It feeds on dead organic matter and obtain nutrients from it. Saprophytes are plants, fungus, or micro-organism that live on dead or decomposing matter. That’s not the correct option here

(c) commensalism is a class of relationship between two organisms where one organism benefits from another without harming or affecting it. Its a relationship between two individuals of two species in which one species obtain food or benefit from another without either harming or benefiting the latter. So, this is not the answer either.

(d) symbiosis is a mutualistic relationship wich is characterized with closed long term interaction between two or more different species. They depict people living together in a community. A typical example is termite. So, this is the correct answer.

Hint: For any multiple choice question, try to judge the options with your current knowledge of the subject matter before you chose your answer.

You can now see why (d) symbiosis is the correct answer to this question.

Write your comments below and share it with friends. More are coming…


myPastQuestion.com Products and Services:

  • Post UTME Past Questions = from N1,000
  • JAMB Past Questions = N1,500
  • WAEC/NECO Past Questions = N500 per subject
  • Junior (JS33) Past Questions = N1,000 per subject
  • All Scholarship Past Questions = N2,000
  • JUPEB Past Questions = N2,000
  • NDA Past Questions = N2,000
  • NPA Past Questions = N1,500
  • Job Interview Past Questions = N2,000
  • JAMB Original Result = N2,200
  • JAMB Admission Letter = N2,200
  • JAMB Result Checker Card = N2,000
  • WAEC Result Checker Card = N800
  • NECO Result Checker Card = N800
  • Post UTME Success Guide (eBook) = N1,000
  • JAMB CBT Success Guide (eBook) = N1,000
  • Creation of Blogs = N10,000
If you need any of these products or services listed above, Pay to Account: Ifiokobong Ibanga 2003316090 Zenith bank PLC,
AD: Make Money from MMM Nigeria 50% Interest Help


Information is Power! Don't miss any information about your examination or your school because of lack of timely updates. The best thing you should do is to Register for FREE Email Alert! by Mail

Tags: ,

About the Author ()

myPastQuestion.com is the largest past question database for all types examination in Nigeria. We have Post UTME Past Questions for all Universities, Polytechnics and Colleges of Education. We also have JAMB CBT Software, Scholarships Past Questions, WAEC and NECO Past Questions. Follow Ifiokobong Twitter and share what you love most.

Comments (1)

Trackback URL | Comments RSS Feed

  1. wasiu says:

    I we love to hear about jamb past question
    biology four CBT

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *