Chemical communication among workers of the fire ant Solenopsis saevissima (Fr. Smith) 1. The Organization of Mass-Foraging

@article{Wilson1962ChemicalCA,
  title={Chemical communication among workers of the fire ant Solenopsis saevissima (Fr. Smith) 1. The Organization of Mass-Foraging},
  author={Edward O. Wilson},
  journal={Animal Behaviour},
  year={1962},
  volume={10},
  pages={134-147}
}
  • E. Wilson
  • Published 1962
  • Biology
  • Animal Behaviour
Abstract 1. 1. Recruitment in mass foraging is organized almost exclusively by the use of the trail substance, which is secreted by Dufpur's gland and released through the extruded sting. The secretion is a powerful attractant, which excites workers and draws them out of the nest in the direction indicated by the trail. No other stimuli are required to induce this behaviour. The initial build-up of workers at food masses is exponential. The build-up decelerates towards a limit as workers become… Expand
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