Colony-level and season-specific variation in cuticular hydrocarbon profiles of individual workers in the ant Formica truncorum

  title={Colony-level and season-specific variation in cuticular hydrocarbon profiles of individual workers in the ant Formica truncorum},
  author={Janne Nielsen and Jacobus J Boomsma and Neil J Oldham and Hans Christian Petersen and E. David Morgan},
  journal={Insectes Sociaux},
Cuticular hydrocarbon profiles of individual workers of the ant Formica truncorum were measured and found to contain relatively few hydrocarbons. Pentacosane, heptacosane, nonacosane and hentriacontane dominated the mixture, but small amounts of the corresponding alkenes were also present. Principal component analysis and nested analysis of variance showed that workers from different colonies varied significantly in quantitative aspects of their cuticular hydrocarbon profiles. Furthermore… CONTINUE READING
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