Area marking in the ant Pheidole pallidula (Myrmicinae).


The Mediterranean dimorphic ant Pheidole pallidula has a rapid, short-lasting and species-specific homerange area marking. It is performed by the minor workers, which are stimulated to mark by the major workers. The first few minors reaching a new area move on it very slowly and begin to mark it by depositing spots of their Dufour gland content. This… (More)