Behavioral Discrimination between Monogyne and Polygyne Red Fire Ants (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) in their Native Range

@inproceedings{Chirino2012BehavioralDB,
  title={Behavioral Discrimination between Monogyne and Polygyne Red Fire Ants (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) in their Native Range},
  author={M{\'o}nica G Chirino and Lawrence E. Gilbert and Patricia J. Folgarait},
  year={2012}
}
ABSTRACT Nestmate recognition among social insects is presumed to restrict non-nestmates from exploiting nest resources. Here, we developed aggression bioassays to assess the discrimination behaviors of both polygynous and monogynous forms of the red fire ant, Solenopsis invicta Buren, during symmetrical interactions in neutral arenas. Workers from polygyne colonies exhibited risk avoidance behaviors; that is, defensive postures or the avoidance of direct contact during interactions. Workers… 

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