Ant Pupae Employ Acoustics to Communicate Social Status in Their Colony’s Hierarchy

  title={Ant Pupae Employ Acoustics to Communicate Social Status in Their Colony’s Hierarchy},
  author={Luca Pietro Casacci and Jeremy A. Thomas and Marco Sala and David Treanor and Simona Bonelli and Emilio Balletto and Karsten Sch{\"o}nrogge},
  journal={Current Biology},
The possession of an efficient communication system and an ability to distinguish between young stages are essential attributes that enable eusocial insects to live in complex integrated societies. Although ants communicate primarily via chemicals, it is increasingly clear that acoustical signals also convey important information, including status, between adults in many species. However, all immature stages were believed to be mute. We confirm that larvae and recently formed pupae of Myrmica… CONTINUE READING
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