A queen pheromone induces workers to kill sexual larvae in colonies of the red imported fire ant (Solenopsis invicta)

@article{Klobuchar2002AQP,
  title={A queen pheromone induces workers to kill sexual larvae in colonies of the red imported fire ant (Solenopsis invicta)},
  author={Emily A. Klobuchar and Richard J. Deslippe},
  journal={Naturwissenschaften},
  year={2002},
  volume={89},
  pages={302-304}
}
We conducted five bioassays to study how queens control the execution of sexual larvae by workers in colonies of the red imported fire ant, Solenopsis invicta. In each assay, subset colonies were made from many large polygyne colonies, and the 20 sexual larvae they contained were monitored over time. Sexual larvae mostly survived in queenless colonies, but were mostly killed in colonies with a single dealated queen, regardless of whether or not the queen was fertilized. The larvae were also… CONTINUE READING

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