Caste control through worker attack in the antMyrmica

  title={Caste control through worker attack in the antMyrmica},
  author={Moran Brian},
  journal={Insectes Sociaux},
Simulation of the way workers attack big larvae in spring has produced evidence that the mechanical component of this alone is sufficient to induce earlier metamorphosis with a consequent switch from queen to worker formation. As the jaws are used and the mandibular glands contain a proteinase normally used in the external digestion of prey, it is highly probable that this, too, is involved in attack. It is shown that the mandibular gland material causes major damage to the cuticle of the larva… CONTINUE READING
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