Young queens of the harvesting ant Messor semirufus avoid founding in places visited by conspecific workers

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Type
Article: article from journal or magazin.
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Title
Young queens of the harvesting ant Messor semirufus avoid founding in places visited by conspecific workers
Journal
Insectes Sociaux
Author(s)
Kawecki T.J.
ISSN
0020-1812
Publication state
Published
Issued date
1992
Peer-reviewed
Oui
Volume
39
Number
1
Pages
113-115
Language
english
Abstract
Founding queens of the seed-harvesting ant Messor semirufus (Andre) (Hymenoptera: Myrmicinae) were offered a choice between two areas: one just visited and one not visited by workers of the same species. The queens preferred to dig their nest in the area not marked by workers. This may be an adaptation to avoid exploitation competition and active destruction of the new nest by workers of large, established colonies.
Keywords
Ants, behaviour, competition avoidance, colony founding, olfactory cues
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