A new aspect of the role of larvae in the pharaoh's ant society (Monomorium pharaonis (L.)-Formicidae, Myrmicinae): Producer of fecundity-increasing substances to the queen

@article{Brgesen2005ANA,
  title={A new aspect of the role of larvae in the pharaoh's ant society (Monomorium pharaonis (L.)-Formicidae, Myrmicinae): Producer of fecundity-increasing substances to the queen},
  author={Lisbeth W B\orgesen},
  journal={Insectes Sociaux},
  year={2005},
  volume={36},
  pages={313-327}
}
Observations of undisturbed brood chambers of the pharaoh's ant showed that mated, mature queens regularly selected large larvae lying on the bottom of the chambers. The queens obviously obtained liquid secretions by licking various parts of these larvae. It was mainly stomodeal secretion, most likely originating from the larval labial glands, but also anal secretion and gut liquid from larvae becoming prepupae on shedding the meconium. In order to study the significance of this behaviour, the… CONTINUE READING
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